A new state measure meant to fight prescription drug abuse went into effect on Tuesday, when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the implementation of the I-STOP Act at Delco Drugs Pharmacy on Staten Island.
I-STOP, or the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, tracks prescription drugs filled in the state in real time.
The act is designed to detect people getting the same prescription from multiple doctors, help patients at risk of addiction and prevent dangerous drug interactions.
"All the information, how many you're taking, who the doctor is, when the prescription was issued, exactly what you want to have a responsible doctor and responsible pharmacist looking at to say, 'Hey, want to talk to me about the four other prescriptions you've got here? This really seems like a problem,'" Schneiderman said.
Doctors are now required to check this database before writing any prescriptions for a schedule two, three, or four controlled substance.