NYCHA to start enforcing new rules to curb fentanyl trafficking
New York City is expected to launch a pilot program to curb the growth of the fentanyl drug known as fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opioid.
The city’s Health Department is proposing a new law requiring all new fentanyl-containing prescriptions issued to be filled by registered nurses, and allowing for mandatory reporting of the drug’s presence in New York.
The new regulations are intended to combat the rise of the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl, which has been linked to a surge in overdose deaths.
Fentanyl has been found to be highly potent, with up to 80 percent of users experiencing a severe respiratory depression and respiratory failure.
It is often used to treat opioid-dependent patients.
“The goal of this pilot program is to identify if we need to expand the existing fentanyl registry and how we can best ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“This is the first step in our fight against fentanyl.
This will allow us to ensure that we have a reliable and effective database that will allow the city to identify and report fentanyl-related deaths and other serious health risks to our communities.
This is a first step, but we will continue to work closely with partners and law enforcement to develop more comprehensive and effective solutions.”
The proposed rules, which will go into effect in late 2017, will include requiring that registered nurses fill fentanyl prescriptions for the first time, which is already mandatory in New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
It is also expected that pharmacies will be required to report fentanyl prescriptions to the city.
New York City will also have to start reporting all new prescriptions to local police within 72 hours of the dispensing date, which could lead to the loss of a prescription if it is not filled within 30 days.
The New York State Department of Health said it is reviewing the proposals, but is not yet in a position to enforce the law.
The announcement comes just weeks after the state’s Attorney General announced that the city’s opioid crisis is the third-highest in the nation, surpassing the nation’s homicide rate.
“While the overdose crisis is real and the death toll is rising, New York is a city of heroes and our leaders are committed to making sure that our residents get the help they need to recover from their addiction,” Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
“New Yorkers have always had an incredible support system and we are committed, as always, to ensuring that the resources available to them are utilized in a way that is consistent with our values and compassion.”