Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined his colleagues today in passing legislation creating the Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) program to combat prescription drug abuse. The legislation, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Montesano, creates a “real-time” registry for doctors and pharmacists to track the filling of prescriptions, provides improved education and awareness of prescription drug abuse, and creates a safe disposal program for prescription drugs.
Montesano has been active in the fight against prescription drug abuse since entering the Assembly. In 2011, he helped pass the Good Samaritan Act and has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation this year to help stem the tide of this social epidemic.
“I enthusiastically support the passage of I-STOP legislation,” said Montesano. “After all the tragedies relating to prescription drug abuse over the years, I’m pleased that New York finally has a comprehensive plan to combat this serious problem.
“Through the real-time registry and improved education and awareness of prescription drug abuse, we can help both doctors and patients better navigate the prescription process and usage of these medications. There is no question that I-STOP will help those facing the struggles of prescription drug addiction, and I’m pleased action has been taken today on this important program.”