Staten Islanders Apparently Love Prescription Drugs

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If there's one things Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs. If there's another thing Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs!

That's according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who says the prescription drug abuse problem -- particularly with pain killers like hydrocodone -- in Staten Island has now achieved "crisis" status, as deaths from accidental overdoses has jumped nearly 150 percent since 2005.

"The prescription drug crisis on Staten Island has reached epidemic proportions, and it's time to take action before another tragedy strikes," Schneiderman says. 


To combat the problem, Schneiderman's pimping his I-STOP (Internet Systems for Tracking Over-Prescribing) plan, a proposed online database for prescription drugs that he says will crack down on "doc-shopping" and forged prescriptions by giving pharmacists the technology to track prescription drugs in real time over the Internet.

He says a "real time system to streamline communication between health care providers and pharmacists" is essential to putting an end to prescription drug trafficking.

Prescription drug abuse is up across the entire state, but Staten Island has been hit particularly hard. According to Schneiderman, of the five New York City neighborhoods with the highest per capita rates of prescriptions filled for narcotic painkillers, four of them are on Staten Island, where accidental prescription drug overdoses has gone from three per 100,000 people in 2005 to 7.4 per 100,000 people in 2009.

Schneiderman's I-STOP plan has been introduced as a bill into both house of the New York Legislature -- by Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and state Senator Andrew Lanza, both of whom are from Staten Island. Click here to read a summary of the bill.
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Rehab
Rehab

"The prescription drug crisis on Staten Island has reached epidemic proportions, and it's time to take action before another tragedy strikes," - I agree! Let's not wait for another death to hit the news and make us aware that this problem exist. We all should act now. Great story.. Thanks for sharing!

Junkie central
Junkie central

I totally agree. I know of a few people who use percoset and oxy every day in order to function. And when they go out in order to have fun. But instead they look and act like total slobs. Prescription poppers is not the only concern. It's the cocaine abuse amongst other drugs too. Coke heads+ Pill poppers+alcohol+them behind a wheel =disaster. I'm sure that for every accident that happens everyday there's a junkie behind it.

Pimon33
Pimon33

I lived on Staten Island for a few years and it's a mess of mass destruction. People need to get high to live with the backwards, racist , Guidophile culture. It is literally a small Philly. The minorities are as oppressed by gang culture and the old guard as 1950's as anywhere outside of the deep south. Diversity has only made small inroads there. Most folks get out if they have a way. The rest stay and perpetuate the incredible ignorance that has to be experienced to be believed. The kids are raised to be mongrels. Most teenagers are lost and dive headlong into the hip-hop gansta posing culture. They use prescription drugs because they are easy to get. Mom's purse can be cheaper than copping beer. Once the stuff is in the street it is very profitable. Oxy is marketed at a dollar per milligram. 40mg pills go for 40 bucks that Mom's drug plan cost her a small co-pay. Doctors prescribe like madmen and the system rolls on. I knew personally of multiple OD's of kids barely above HS age. and after the funeral, things went back to normal. .The adults blame everyone else for their problems and the bodies pile up. Surprisingly, home prices are extremely high for what you get in return. Take a drive over the bridge and get some good Italian food and go home. Keep your head down and your mouth shut. You never know when you could piss off some 3rd cousin of Sammy the Bull.

Pitdoc
Pitdoc

Hmmmm.   For the past 5 years, NY state has mandated all prescriptions be written on  pads that  cannot be copied. And there is an   app in the NYS  Health online system that tracks  controlled substances. If more  than one doctor writes a presciption for a controlled substance, it pops up on the website. Its how I found out a patient I wrote only enough Vicodin for the weekend(5 pills) had, in  the previous 2 months, gotten prescriptions for 590 opiates(from 5 different doctors, filled at 9 different pharmacies)  .Up where I live, thats up to  6K when sold separately . What we have to crack down on is those docs who write for 180 pills a month .AND to make pharmacies check the same website & refuse to sell to people who have more than one prescriber.But still, Florida has SI beat . Two pharmacies in one town there filled prescriptions for 3 MILLION   OCs.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Exactly, where are these prescriptions coming fun?

Hi, Mr. King. : )

James King
James King

 Hi, Eleanor! Good to see you on here!

Eleanor
Eleanor

Thanks. I realized that I can't live without you in my life. : )

I invited Tommy to join me here too. NOBODY else though.

Send me your new email address, please.

tonya1968
tonya1968

There were5500 methadone related deaths in 2007.Methadone is a synthetic opiate that isused to treat pain and addiction for heroin and other opiates. When methadoneis used for pain, doctors write the patient a prescription for various amounts(120 pills seem to be most common) When methadone is used for addiction patientmust go to a clinic to receive dose of methadone until they earn take homeprivileges. Many patients being treated for addiction will remain on medicationfor life. Methadone is addicting and withdrawals are severe. Methadonerepresented less than 5% of prescribed opiates but was attributed to 1/3 of allopiate related deaths. A dose that is therapeutic for one person may be lethalto another person. Methadone’s’ unique properties make it unforgiving andsometimes lethal.  For more information,please visit www.stopmethadonedeaths.com. Please sign petition and join theforum.

NotSantorum
NotSantorum

Sounds like Rush Limbaugh should have moved there instead of Miami.

SNAKESRULE
SNAKESRULE

and your mom.  See, I'm a comedian too.

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