Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is out with local numbers to tout his I-STOP legislation, which would "provide health care practitioners and pharmacists with centralized information to avoid over-prescribing, help shut down prescription drug trafficking, and identify and treat patients who seek to abuse prescription drugs," his office says in a news release.
The two big culprits here are hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Here are some local figures, according to the AG's office:
Crisis admissions to drug treatment involving certain opiates for the following counties between 2007 and 2010 were as follows: Franklin County (more than doubled from 40 to 94), Clinton County (increased 40 percent from 88 to 122) and St. Lawrence County (increased over 170 percent from 105 to 281). These controlled substances include non-Rx methadone, oxycodone, buprenorphine, and other synthetic opiates such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and codeine, among others.
Non-crisis admissions to drug treatment involving these opiates as the primary drug of abuse in the following counties from 2007 to 2010 were as follows: Franklin (nearly quadrupled from 34 to 127), Clinton (increased more than 100 percent from 96 to 199), and St. Lawrence (more than tripled, increasing from 137 to 424).
According to the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, from 2008 to 2010, hydrocodone was the most commonly prescribed controlled prescription drug, followed by oxycodone in:
Clinton (hydrocodone increased 18 percent; oxycodone increased 28 percent),
Franklin (hydrocodone increased 49 percent; oxycodone increased 48 percent),
St. Lawrence (hydrocodone increased 32 percent; oxycodone increased 32 percent) and
Jefferson (hydrocodone increased 41 percent; oxycodone increased 44 percent) counties.