(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- Lawmakers have reached an agreement on a prescription drug reform package aimed at curbing drug abuse in New York state.
The agreement was announced on Tuesday. The new law will see new approaches to how prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in the state, and includes the use of a "real time" prescription monitoring registry, which requires all prescriptions to be electronically transmitted.
"This landmark agreement will help put a stop to the growing number of fatalities resulting from overdoses on prescription drugs," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "We have seen too many untimely deaths as a result of prescription drug abuse, and today New York state is taking the lead in saying enough is enough."
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