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New York and New Jersey against prescription drug abuse

Staff writer ▼ | April 26, 2016
New York State has begun sharing Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data with New Jersey to prevent the stockpiling and resale of dangerous controlled substances.
Prescription drugs
Sharing   To help fight the abuse of prescription drugs
New York and New Jersey are using the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy PMP InterConnect hub, which allows them to securely share their prescription data with authorized requestors from other states in the hub.

The Prescription Monitoring Program provides practitioners and pharmacists with a patient’s recent controlled substance prescription information.

By providing more complete records of patients’ multi-state prescription histories, states work together to prevent those who would evade state laws from obtaining and stockpiling or reselling dangerous controlled substances for nonmedical use.

New York began data sharing with New Jersey on April 14, 2016. Through just April 22, over 16,000 controlled substance records have been requested, with over 12,000 of those requests coming from New York to New Jersey.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo initiated New York’s PMP – known as the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) – in 2012, and the program has revolutionized the way controlled substances are prescribed, distributed and tracked in New York State.

New York will further share PMP data with other participating neighboring states, and is extending its efforts to all of the other states participating in the InterConnect hub.

Additional efforts are underway to share PMP data with authorized requestors from those states not participating in InterConnect.