On Monday, both houses of the legislature approved a bill that will dramatically change how New York tracks narcotic painkillers, known as I-STOP (“Internet System for Stopping Over-Prescription”).

It makes a number of changes to the manner in which prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State, including:

–           enacting a “real time prescription monitoring registry”

–           requiring all prescriptions to be electronically transmitted;

–           improving safeguards for the distribution of specific prescription drugs that are prone to abuse;

–           charging a workgroup of stakeholders with helping to guide the development of medical education courses and other public awareness measures regarding pain management and prescription drugs; and

–           requiring the Department of Health to establish a safe disposal program for unused medications

Read press releases on the bill from the Senate and the Assembly.