A new state law that was first introduced by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2001 is in effect. It is called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) law and it is essentially an online database to be used by physicians before they prescribe opioids and narcotic painkillers, and it is likely that this move to the on-line database may mandate that prescriptions be filled electronically in an effort to end forgeries. This database wil also assist pharmacists prevent potentially dangerous drug interactions.
This database is aimed at reducing the illegal supply of opioid painkillers, give medical professionals a tool to detect those patients who are suspected of "doctor-shopping", and to help those at risk of drug addiction. A recent study found that almost 40% of those seeking treatment in hospitals for drug addiction were found to have been addicted to street drugs after being prescribed opioids.
But some doctors may not receive their account information until October because of delays in applying for and receiving the required database account for the state's Health Commerce System (HCS).