In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, Joe Robach and the State Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

The bill, supported by Joe Robach and the Senate, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

The provisions of the legislation include:

  • Creating a modernized and improved “real time” Prescription Monitoring Program (I-STOP) that practitioners and pharmacists can securely and easily access, allowing them to view their patients’ controlled substance histories;
  • Requiring e-prescribing, making New York a national leader by being one of the first states to move from paper prescriptions to a system mandating electronic prescribing;
  • Updating controlled substance schedules to align New York’s Controlled Substances Act with Federal Law and changing the schedules for hydrocodone compounds and tramadol to reduce abuse;
  • Enhancing the Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program to educate the public and health care practitioners about the risks associated with prescribing and taking controlled substance pain medications; and
  • Establishing a Safe Disposal Program to increase the options available to safely dispose of unused controlled substances and prevent people who abuse prescription painkillers from obtaining them from friends or relatives.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.  For more information on this or any other Senate bill, contact the office of Joe Robach.