Law Puts New York in The Forefront of the Nation in the Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C-East Patchogue) today announced that legislation he co-sponsored to battle prescription drug abuse has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The I-STOP (Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing) legislation creates a real-time, online database for doctors and pharmacists to track the filling of prescription drugs and creates a safe disposal system for unused medications.
Murray has played an active role in the fight to stem the tide of prescription-drug abuse following the senseless murder of four people at Havens Pharmacy in Medford in June of 2011.
“The I-STOP program is going to be crucial to stopping prescription-drug abuse before it starts. This legislation now gives New York State a comprehensive plan to combat prescription-drug abuse,” said Murray. “I’m happy to have played a role in creating this program. There is no question that I-STOP will save the lives of innocent victims confronted by desperate addicts, but also of those who face the struggles of prescription-drug addiction.”