How New York’s I-STOP Law Will Forever Change Physician Behavior across the USA
To understand fully what we mean by this title, let us explore what New York State’s I-STOP law is. This will come as no news to our New York colleagues, who are hurriedly and meticulously looking for ways to stay in compliance by the end of March next year.
What is I-STOP?
The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing was passed by the New York State Legislature in August of 2012. The impetus for this law are recent studies which show frightening results. The CDC estimates 15,000 people die each year from prescription drug abuse. One in 20 Americans over the age of 11 reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in 2010. Seventy percent of people who abuse these drugs received them from a friend or relative who obtain them for legitimate reasons. READ MORE NY's I-Stop Compliance Guideline will have extended impact