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To stop the prescription drug abuse crisis in New York, the state’s top lawyer is calling for the creation of a real-time database to monitor the sale and distribution of medications, the Spanish-language daily reports.
In recent comments, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has insisted that the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP, can help police stop prescription trafficking, so he wants lawmakers to approve the bill, El Diario reports.
The I-STOP proposal first came about in 2011, and the general idea is that doctors and pharmacists will be able to see which patients really need painkillers — and other controlled substances — and which people are clearly just abusing them.
New York does already have a prescription-tracking system, but nobody uses it and it’s not enforced, the newspaper notes.