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Can I-STOP Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse?

New York is just one of the states experiencing a rise in prescription drug abuse and addiction. Across the nation, more and more people are beginning to use prescription drugs beyond the intended purpose. Prescription drug abuse and addiction can lead to job loss, health issues and problems within families just as the abuse of illegal drugs do. published an article recently to report on this problem as well as New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s proposed solution. The article states, “Addressing the growing wave of prescription drug abuses in New York State, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today unveiled legislation that would create an online database to report and track the prescription and dispensing of certain controlled substances”.

The legislation “I-STOP” otherwise known as “Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act” would make it possible for pharmacists and other health care providers to view data in a centralized location. The ability to see where potential abuse or over-prescribing is taking place will assist in efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse and trafficking. By spotting patients who are abusing prescription drugs, both health care providers and law enforcement can begin to crack down on this growing nation wide problem.

Without this centralized database of real-time information, abusers and addicts often fall through the cracks as pharmacists and doctors do not realize prescriptions may be used for the wrong reasons. It is important for legitimate users to have access to medication they need, while halting the abuse of prescription drugs for addicts and those who wish to profit on the addiction of others.