ALBANY — A state lawmaker wants to stop pharmacies from dispensing high-powered pain killers at drive-through windows.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) introduced legislation this week that would only concede pharmacies to allot tranquil substances such as oxycodone or fentanyl inside their stores.
Rosenthal pronounced the check would safeguard that pharmacists are means to plead with patients how best to use the absolute drugs.
“This country is gripped by an obsession predicament and we don’t need to make easier for people to obtain these drugs but correct instructions,” Rosenthal said.
“These are serious, tough narcotics that means obsession and can means death, and it should be treated in a opposite estate than an antibiotic or a headache medicine,” Rosenthal added.
The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York did not respond to requests for criticism on Rosenthal’s bill.
Meanwhile, 3 New Jersey-based opioid abuse programs were awarded a sum of $1.1 million in sovereign grants to accelerate their efforts, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday.
The income is partial of $58.9 million the Department of Justice is allocating to residence the national epidemic, Fitzpatrick said.
An rare epidemic: America’s lethal fight vs. opioid abuse
Two grants were awarded to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, which will accept $600,000 to rise a drug recognition information pity apparatus with other state agencies; and $400,000 to rise Opioid Response Teams to boost diagnosis for addicts. A third extend worth $100,000 was awarded to the County of Camden to urge diagnosis and support services.
Nearly 60,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2016, an boost from 52,000 deaths the year before, according to the Justice Department.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was comparison by President Trump in Mar to chair a sovereign elect on how best to fight opioid abuse, drug obsession and overdoses.
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