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As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.


The news from Albany of an opioid abuse legislation agreement is being hailed in Western New York by many who are on the front lines in the fight against opioid addiction. If there are any disappointments to local advocates, it's that agreement on the measures within the package didn't happen years ago.

It's the first week in New York State of a fully-implemented law known as I-STOP. It's a law that supporters say prevents attempts at acquiring fraudulent prescriptions by taking the process entirely online. Meanwhile, one local company that oversees an online network says their system is safe and secure.

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A new method of prescribing medication is in effect in New York. As of yesterday, paper prescriptions will no longer be hand-written by doctors or accepted by pharmacies across the state.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

Prescription drug abuse is endemic across America, resulting in 27,000 deaths annually. New York's top law enforcer thinks there is a solution.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled a bill dubbed "I-STOP" one year ago, a proposed law he hopes can be approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in the coming months.

I-STOP, an acronym for Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing, establishes an online database that allows doctors and pharmacists to report and track certain controlled narcotics in real time.