Starting Saturday, prescription pain medication will be harder to get in New York. A provision of the state’s I-STOP law goes into effect requiring patients to visit a doctor every time they need refills of hydrocodone.
The law is intended to curb abuse of the drug, also sold under the brand name Vicodin. It can be an addictive drug. Some people visit multiple doctors for prescriptions for themselves or to sell on the street. The Journal of American Medical Association reported hydrocodone was responsible for the largest number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 in the U.S.
The I-STOP law will also create a prescription database to prevent doctor shopping.