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Law Fighting Prescribed Opioid Addiction Is Finalized

By Faith Jessie.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a statement today marking the full implementation of a law that is fighting opioid addiction from prescribed medications.

According to the statement, the final piece of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP), effective today, requires medical providers to prescribe most prescriptions through an electronic system.

“Paper prescriptions had become a form of criminal currency that could be traded even more easily than the drugs themselves. That’s why, when I authored the I-STOP law, one of my main goals was to reduce the value of stolen or forged paper prescriptions... By moving to a system of e-prescribing we can curb the incidence of these criminal acts and also reduce errors resulting from misinterpretation of handwriting on good faith prescriptions," said NYS Attorney General,
Eric Schneiderman.

ISTOP was unveiled in 2011, signed into law in 2012, and went into full effect statewide in 2013.

According to the AG office, this final piece of the I-STOP law includes the remaining prescriptions that are required to be prescribed electronically.