COLUMN: I-STOP becomes law to help combat prescription drug abuse

— I was pleased to support this measure in the Assembly and I hope this helps curb abuse. According to the legislation, 1 in 20 people in the United States over the age of 11 reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons. Further, prescription drug abuse is increasingly linked to criminal, violent or self-injurious behavior, family conflicts and increased costs to businesses and the health care system.

I am pleased we have a law in place to combat this serious problem. Addiction can occur rapidly, especially with these narcotics. This is a case where, collectively, we can make technology work toward a common good. Through electronically tracking prescriptions, we can close some of the loopholes that have made these drugs so accessible.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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