July 16, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) - New York's attorney general says a new state law designed to curb painkiller addiction is a model for the entire country.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that a central database of prescriptions will show pharmacists if a person has been "doctor-shopping" for extra drugs.
Schneiderman was joined by New York state legislators who pushed the so-called I-STOP plan through the state Senate and Assembly.
They spoke at a community clinic on Staten Island, where there are more pharmacy robberies than bank holdups.
The plan goes into action next year after the bill is signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Schneiderman says he's in touch with attorneys general across the nation who could duplicate the New York model.
One American dies every 19 minutes as a result of prescription drug abuse.
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