STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just about every two weeks, according to state Sen. Andrew Lanza, someone dies on Staten Island of a prescription drug overdose.
Lanza met today with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and City Councilwoman Debi Rose to update Islanders on legislation they say will be a national model for fighting prescription drug abuse.
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 5:51 PM by John Annese
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's now the law of the state -- the governor on Monday authorized a database that tracks whether patients are bouncing from doctor to doctor to stockpile prescriptions of drugs like oxycodone.
Three years after the Advance highlighted a deadly abuse epidemic that has killed more people on Staten Island than car crashes or murder, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill spearheaded by borough lawmakers that would turn such a database into reality within a year.
Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman were joined by Island officials and community leaders at Delco Drugs on Staten Island to celebrate the implementation of a key component of New York State’s innovative program for preventing prescription drug abuse.
As the debate over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Zohydro ER, a powerful extended-release painkiller, continues to grow, Senator Andrew J. Lanza speaks out against the decision by asking Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for his continued support in fighting the growing painkiller abuse epidemic that is facing New York.
Today, Senator Lanza is urging AG Schneiderman to join Attorneys General from at least 28 other states in asking the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller.