The United States has a prescription drug problem. Drug-induced deaths have been rising rapidly, and according to the National Center for Health Statistics now surpass deaths from firearms, suicide and homicide. Of those drug-induced deaths, opioid analgesics are implicated in more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The newspapers are full of stories of communities in decline from the growing prevalence of drug-dependency and associated crime.
In response to this growing problem, New York State has enacted a new law governing prescription drugs, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, or I-STOP. The key provision of the law, which goes in to effect on August 27, mandates that anyone prescribing controlled substances must first look up the intended recipient in online database maintained by the State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. Continue reading New I-STOP Law