NY Attorney General Wants New Tool To Fight Prescription Drug Addiction

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Authorities said David Laffer, who is serving a life sentence for killing four people at a Long Island pharmacy, received more than 10,000 pills from dozens of doctors.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Now, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said he wants the legislature to approve the I-STOP program. I-STOP is short for Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing.

The way it works is when a person walks into a doctors office complaining of pain, before a prescription is written out, the doctor, using the I-STOP computer program, can check to see if that person has been prescribed an painkiller – like Oxycodone or Hydrocodone – recently from another physician indicating this person could be addicted.

All of this would work in real time.

“This database will help doctors make sure a patient actually needs the medication, and isn’t simply seeking to feed an addiction,” said Schneiderman on Tuesday.

He said the system would be part of the HIPPA law, which would ensure privacy.

A database, run by the New York State Health Department, does currently exist for prescription drugs.  However, because the system is voluntary, only a fraction of doctors use it.  Pharmacists are not allowed to access the current database, which is not updated in real time.

The legislation favored by the attorney general would report and track certain controlled substances in real time to prevent doctor shopping and would require doctors and pharmacists to check the database, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

What do you think of I-STOP? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Very Brilliant Lady

    The reason people are getting killed over prescription meds is because THEY ARE TOO HARD TO GET. Let’s get real: YOU WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER CURE ADDICTION. Sorry, fact of life, ADDICTION HAS BEEN HER SINCE MAN BEGAN, AND WILL BE WITH MANKIND UNTIL THE LAST HUMAN BEING DIES.

    Banning everything is not the answer and is just going to make those people more desperate and put innocent people at risk!!!!

    Make it legal for anyone 18 and over, and that’s that! If a junkie wants to go to 900 doctors and waste all their $$$$ on narcotics, fine. Let them. Have an “abuse tax” for people who do that “doctor shopping thing” and if they buy over 500 pills a month, then they have to pay a HUGE SIN TAX. As long as they pay for them, let them have as much as they want and if they die of an OD, well….. then they’re better off and so is the rest of society. Now that’s what I call a win/.win situation.

    Banning IS STUPID anf it just puts everyone in danger. When going to the pharmacy now, I’m scared to leave my car! So i only go through the drive through now,. Would be nice to feel safe to go back in to the pharmacy and check out the make-up and hair care aisle again.

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