ALBANY, N.Y. -- The NYS Health Department says the recent arrest of Deputy County Executive Christine Quinn comes under a new one-week-old program called I-STOP.
It is a stepped up way for medical providers and law enforcement to monitor controlled substances and people who might be abusing them.
For people looking to pull a fast one on their physician and obtain medications they are addicted to rather than need, it is now harder than ever to do.
Physicians and pharmacists will have a real time log of every doctor visit and prescribed medication at their fingertips.
"The intention is good," pharmacist and Assemblyman John McDonald. "It is to prevent people from starting or continuing an addiction."
For patients trying to doctor shop, I-STOP puts up a red flag and law enforcement is contacted.
"The intent of the law is not to have more people arrested but instead prevent people from harming themselves," said McDonald.
Beginning in 2014, all controlled substances will be issued through an electronic database.
"Prescriptions will go from doctor to pharmacy and not be able to be altered. There is a lot of altering going on," he said.
Phil Rainer, Clinical Director at Family and Children's Services of the Capital Region, says this program is needed more than ever because people are getting creative with ways to convince their doctors they need certain medications.
"If someone has been at multiple doctors, under I-STOP it will set off warnings and questions will be asked."