AG Schneiderman drums up support for painkiller database

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Mineola today to bolster support for a bill that would keep tighter tabs on prescription painkillers. The

WOODBURY - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Mineola today to bolster support for a bill that would keep tighter tabs on prescription painkillers. The "i-Stop" legislation would set up a statewide database that doctors and pharmacists would be required to update when dispensing and prescribing certain pain medications. The real-time, online database aims to curb the practice of "doctor shopping" by painkiller addicts. Prescription drug monitoring programs are already up and running in 43 states. Still, some medical groups in New York say it may take up too much of doctors' time, or that pharmacists and physicians shouldn't be required to police their patients. State lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly are currently reviewing the bill.NY Senate passes bill targeting painkiller abuseSuffolk DA: 'Pill mill' doctors can be difficult to chargeSen. Schumer proposes safety guidelines for pharmacies

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