Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A new law in New York State will tighten restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting Saturday, refills will no longer be allowed for hydrocodone prescriptions.
You will only be able to get a 30 day supply, and every month and you'll need a new prescription from your doctor.
The new law, called I-STOP, aims to cut down on painkiller abuse and addiction.
Pharmacists say it's a growing problem here in Central New York. There will also be a new electronic database which doctors can consult before handing out a prescription to make sure their patient is not getting the same drug from another doctor as well.
Pharmacist Gerald Levy says, “This will hopefully stop the doctor shoppers, the addicts from getting easy access in New York. People who really need the physicians will know and help them out with the prescriptions. The only downside is you'll have to go back every month and get your prescription from the physicians, I don't know if they'll be charging the patients for this.”
There is an exception; doctors can prescribe 90-day supplies of hydrocodone to patients with chronic pain.Click here for more information on the new law.