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Prescription painkiller restrictions start Saturday

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: New hydrocodone prescription restrictions go into effect Saturday
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NEW YORK -- Hydrocodone prescriptions in New York have doubled in just the last few years. That's one of the reasons for New York's I-Stop law, aimed at reducing the number of patients on the drug.

Those new restrictions only allow doctors to prescribe a 30-day supply without refills. Then the patient would have to see their physician for a new script.

The law also places restrictions on the pain drug Tradmadol. Doctors will only be able to prescribe enough for 30 days with a maximum of five refills.

"This is one of our growing problems. And a lot of patients we found who are addicted to these medications started using them for a legitimate medical purpose and now have become dependent on them, so anything we can do to help thwart that problem in our state is a good thing," said Daniel Hind, Kinney Drugs Regional Pharmacy Manager.

Addiction specialists encourage doctors to look at the underlying causes of pain, rather than just writing a prescription to mask it. They're also pushing the FDA to enact a similar law at the national level.

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