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. Authored by Senator Lanza, Assemblyman Cusick and AG Schneiderman, and unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2012, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Act is a national model for other states and Congress to follow to curb prescription drug abuse, the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
I-STOP set up a real-time database that tracks every prescription for opioid pills that gets filled in New York State. Starting today, doctors are required under the law to consult that database before writing any prescriptions for a Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance, including narcotic painkillers. New York is now the only state in the country with such a verification requirement. This critical tool will provide medical professionals with the information necessary to detect doctor-shoppers and better serve patients at risk of addiction. This information will also serve to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions.