Thursday: State Seeks Crackdown On Prescription Drug Abuse

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Story Updated: Jul 7, 2011

New York's Attorney General says there is a 'growing wave of prescription drug abuse' in the state.

With that in mind, Eric Schneiderman is proposing tightened monitoring of some controlled substances.

In a statement from his office, Schneiderman says he wants an "online, real time database" of certain drugs.

Doctors and pharmacists would have to report information to the database when they write or dispense prescriptions. Among other things, doctors would certify the drug is 'medically necessary' and that the patient isn't an addict or 'habitual user.'

The proposed law is aimed at drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and 'Ambien.'

Schneiderman said the database will help prevent 'doctor shopping,' where individuals visit different doctors to accumulate more prescription drugs.

"I-STOP (the name of Schneiderman's program) tracks abusers early and will provide the medical community with the information it needs to treat patients, help addicts and fight trafficking," Scneiderman said.

Prescriptions for addictive drugs grew by more than 150 percent over the last decade, according to Schneiderman's statement.

- from a press release issued by Eric Schneiderman's office

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