BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A new provision is going into effect that could help in the fight against prescription drug abuse. It’s all part of New York’s I-STOP legislation. Tuesday a registry to monitor prescriptions will be activated.
The 24-7 online tool helps pharmacists prevent potential abuse before it begins. Assemblyman Sean Ryan explained, "People call their doctors, get a prescription, call the next doctor, get a prescription, go to a pharmacist, get it filled, go to the next pharmacy, get it filled. So the patient, could always stay one step in front of the system."
Senator Tim Kennedy said, "Physicians will be required to consult the registry prior to writing a script, and pharmacists will now have access to monitor drug use."
Kennedy is also calling for more safe drug drop-off boxes throughout western New York.
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