NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today marking the full implementation of the groundbreaking Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP). The final piece of the I-STOP law, effective today, provides for a universal system of e-prescribing for most prescriptions issued in New York State.
“New York’s historic I-STOP law has transformed the way our state is fighting the scourge of opiate addiction. 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. The first major phase – the secure online database to prevent doctor-shopping and improve physician knowledge – has already been widely hailed as a success since its inception in late 2013. 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.”
The Attorney General spearheaded efforts to pass I-STOP, which was signed into law in 2012. More information about the legislation can be found here.