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New York Installs Rx Drop Boxes to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

OxyContin prescription drug bottleGov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will tackle the problem of prescription drug abuse by placing medication drop boxes at New York State Police Troop Headquarters. The boxes are secure, open to the public and allow people to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medicines and other controlled substances. Gov. Cuomo said in a press release, “With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them.” There will be nine medication drop box locations statewide. On Monday, Gov. Cuomo also signed a prescription drug bill enacting I-STOP, a “real time” prescription monitoring registry that allows doctors to view a patient’s prescription drug history before prescribing a controlled substance. Phoenix House President and CEO Howard Meitiner previously praised I-STOP in Congressional testimony on how to address prescription drug abuse.

Source: Governor’s Press Office Governor Cuomo Announces Drop Boxes to be Placed Across State to Securely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

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