I-Stop prescription database bill awaits Cuomo's signature

SYOSSET - A bill aimed at curbing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is one step away from becoming law. The I-Stop prescription database bill is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature. The governor is expected to sign it soon. The bill will create a real-time, online database that doctors and pharmacists around the state will be required to update when writing and filling prescriptions for certain drugs. Anti-drug advocates lobbied hard for the legislation over many months, and yesterday, it was unanimously approved in the state Legislature.It may take up to a year before the online database is up and running. Other provisions of the law will take effect immediately, such as eliminating refills for certain narcotics, including oxycodone.NY lawmakers unanimously pass I-Stop bill for drug databaseNY lawmakers reach deal on I-Stop prescription database

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