ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Experts say prescription drug abuse kills one person every 19 minutes throughout the country.
Monday marks one year since New York's I-STOP legislation was signed into law. Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan marked the anniversary by announcing the new phase in the legislation to fight prescription drug abuse.
Starting Tuesday, a new registry to monitor prescriptions will be activated. The 24/7 online tool helps pharmacists prevent potential abuse before it begins.
Ryan said, "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."
Kennedy added, "Physicians will be required to consult the registry prior to writing a script, and pharmacists will now have access to monitor drug use."
The senator is also calling for more safe drug drop-off boxes throughout western New York.
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