AG Schneiderman and Assemblywoman Schimel Urge Passage of I-STOP Plan to Track Prescription Narcotics
March 9, 2012
Mineola – On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, law enforcement, and elected officials, at the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Mineola to urge the adoption of legislation to establish an Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP) of controlled substances. Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a co-sponsor of the I-STOP bill (A.8320) stated: “The over prescribing of prescription drugs is currently a major concern plaguing Long Island. It is critical that we instill measures that will keep prescription drugs out of the hands of abusers while keeping our citizens safe. Law enforcement officials must work jointly with doctors, pharmacists, and health care providers in tackling this growing epidemic before more lives are taken. Attorney General Schneiderman’s I-STOP bill will help crack down on doctor shopping and other methods used by addicts to obtain prescription narcotics.” According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), more than 7 million Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs, which has exceeded marijuana as the number one gateway drug for first-time abusers in the United States. The I-STOP legislation (A.8320) was introduced following a series of fatal pharmacy robberies on Long Island linked to the abuse of prescription painkillers. This measure would enable doctors and pharmacists to utilize a database to report, monitor, and track controlled substances from the time they are prescribed or dispensed.