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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A coalition of mayors from across New York State is backing legislation to combat the growing prescription drug problem.
Statewide, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has increased by six million over just three years time. Officials say over prescription is part of the problem and earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced the Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing, or I-STOP plan. It calls for the creation of an online database to report and track certain controlled substances in real time.
On Monday, a bipartisan coalition of 23 mayors and town supervisors, including Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, endorsed I-STOP. They say it's a necessary step to reign in a serious problem.