Prescription Drug Abuse

The Takeaway

Mormons, Forbidden From Drugs, Plagued By Prescription Drug Addiction

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Mormon faith forbids alcohol, tobacco and drugs, yet they have a surprising problem with prescription overdoses. We investigate why. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Zohydro and the Epidemic of Painkiller Abuse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In October, the FDA approved the controversial long-acting painkiller Zohydro, which some doctors worry will exacerbate the nationwide epidemic of painkiller abuse and addiction.

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Radio Rookies

Why Is Staten Island NYC's OD Capital?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


In New York City, prescription painkiller abuse rates aren't as high as the rest of the country — except on Staten Island, where their impact is wide and deep.

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Radio Rookies

Staten Island Blues Live Chat

Monday, October 21, 2013


On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, young people will come together online to discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic. This live chat will allow teens from hot spots around the country to talk about their perspective on the problem, including New Mexico and Kentucky, both places with some of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the nation.



Pols Say New Law Will Help Curb Painkiller Abuse

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

State elected officials have struck a tentative deal to create a special prescription drug registry to cut down the growing illicit trade in painkillers.


The Empire

AG Schneiderman lines up support for Rx drug abuse prevention program

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is lining up support for his proposed legislation he says will help combat a crisis of prescription drug abuse here in New York.

The AG is on Long Island to further unveil details about his Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) legislation, which would establish an online database that would help track prescription drugs in real time.

A recent report by Schneiderman's office found that painkiller prescriptions increased by six million between 2007 and 2010.

"Long Island is at the center of the state’s prescription drug epidemic, and it’s time to take action before another tragedy strikes," Schneiderman said in a statement about today's press conference. “Inaction is not an option. The time is now to streamline communication between health care providers and pharmacists to better serve patients, stop prescription drug trafficking, and provide treatment to those who need help.”

Schneiderman was joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whom he narrowly beat in the Democratic primary back in 2010.

“The Attorney General’s I-STOP plan will help law enforcement and the medical community combat prescription drug abuse to prevent tragedies from happening in the future on Long Island and across the state. There is no good reason to deny doctors and pharmacists the ability to make controlled substance dispensing decisions on an immediate and real-time basis," Rice said in the statement.

The bills has been introduced into both the Assembly and State Senate.

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The Empire

AG Schneiderman report calls for Rx drug abuse tracking system

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report today on what he described as a prescription drug abuse epidemic, calling on the legislature to pass his bill that would create a prescription drug tracking system for the state.

“The prescription drug abuse crisis in New York and across the country has reached epidemic proportions. Today’s report illustrates how this growing problem demands a better solution for both our health care providers and law enforcement officials to track the flow of potentially dangerous substances. Inaction is not an option,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

According to the report, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010. A number of locations were highlighted for the growing problem they face, including Nassau County, where overdoses from painkillers more than tripled between 2004 and 2009.

Additionally, in the North Country region, the report says, prescription drug abuse rehab admissions have eclipsed heroine, cocaine and marijuana in some areas. Back here in the city, Staten Island remains the highest prescription-writing borough in the city, as well as the highest overdose borough in the city when it comes to prescription painkillers.

Courtesy of the Attorney General's office

The Attorney General is calling for the passage of his bill, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP), which would, according to the AG's office:

  • requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain an online, real-time controlled substance reporting system to track the prescription and dispensing of controlled substances;
  • requires practitioners to review a patient's controlled substance prescription history on the system prior to prescribing;
  • requires practitioners or their agents to report a prescription for such controlled substances to the system at the time of issuance;
  • requires pharmacists to review the system to confirm the person presenting such a prescription possesses a legitimate prescription prior to dispensing such substance; and
  • requires pharmacists or their agents to report dispensation of such prescriptions.

“A statewide database that tracks the disbursement of prescription narcotics in real-time...would be a tremendous tool to help those of us in law enforcement and the medical community combat the scourge of prescription drug abuse,” Staten Island's district attorney, Dan Donovan, said in a statement.

The full report's after the jump.

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