iStop Takes Effect Tuesday

7:11 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's a bittersweet day for the local families who have been fighting for legislation for stricter controls on addictive prescription medicines.

The iStop Legislation is set to go into effect tomorrow.  It's an on-line system that allows doctors to keep track, in real-time, when an addictive medication is prescribed to a patient, limiting the chance of an overdose.

It's a law that the Israel family has fought hard for.  Their son Michael took his own life after becoming addicted to pain killers prescribed by his doctor.

"My son told me in December of 2010 'Dad I need help.'  And in six months he took his life.  This is how short the window is.  The window for a cry for help is very short," said Michael's father Avi.

While this legislation is a step in the right direction, lawmakers and parents say there is still an urgent need for more facilities to care for those addicted to prescription drugs.

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