Assemblyman Joseph Saladino announced the passage of essential I-STOP (Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing) legislation – a new system designed to track dangerous medicines and prescriptions in real time, greatly reducing drug seekers’ ability to “doctor shop” and stock-pile pills for abuse or resale. Assemblyman Saladino was a main sponsor and advocate of the legislation, and helped facilitate its success.
“I am proud to have been a sponsor of this important legislation,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise. Halting abuse and preventing dangerously addictive drugs from getting into the hands of children and those who shouldn’t have them, has been an effort that I have been very motivated to accomplish. I-STOP is a system that is an important step in protecting our children, families and communities on Long Island.”
Assemblyman Saladino touted I-STOP as the first system in the United States to have a real-time database that pharmacists, doctors and medical providers can access to curb abuse and make pharmacies safer. The new system is designed to enhance the effectiveness of New York’s current prescription monitoring program. I-STOP also is the first system to implement e-prescribing and a proper and safe waste disposal program.
Assemblyman Saladino also noted the work his local Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force has been doing for the community on Long Island. The group consists of local community organizations with expertise in drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation, law enforcement and the parents of victims.
“We are focused on the most important, workable solutions for families who are facing the serious problem of prescription drug and heroin abuse,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to associate a Long Island community with prescription drug and heroin abuse. Unfortunately, these cases are growing more prevalent and parents, the community and medical professionals must be fully informed and armed with the proper information to counter drug abuse cases. I-STOP and this task force are making a difference. The passage of this legislation proves our effectiveness.”
Last year, Assemblyman Saladino and his task force released their Drug Awareness Tool Kit and Resource Guide that is available for families, parents, medical professionals and community organizations. The purpose of the program is to highlight information on prescription drugs, abuse and addiction, and highlight where individuals can get help for themselves, or for their loved ones. Parental use of this tool kit has been deemed by experts to help in the fight to protect our children.
To get updates and find information for Assemblyman Saladino’s drug abuse program and resource guide, you can visit his Assembly web site at http://assembly.state.ny.us/member_files/012/20111128/.