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Important Facts About Controlled Substance Prescription Medications

As of October 22, 2016, pharmacies are required to provide information developed by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) at the time of dispensing an opioid prescription.

Pursuant to PART D, Section 1. Section 19.09 of the mental hygiene law, pertaining to prescription controlled substances, new educational materials were developed by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement to assist pharmacies with required educational efforts
PART D, Section 1. Section 19.09 of the Mental Hygiene Law

(d) The commissioner shall survey and analyze the state’s needs, and with the advice of the advisory council on alcoholism and substance abuse services, shall, in accordance with the requirements of section 5.07 and article twenty-five of this chapter, as it pertains to substance abuse services, and article forty-one of this chapter, as it pertains to alcoholism services, formulate a comprehensive plan for long range development, through utilization of a network of federal, state, local and private resources, of adequate services and facilities for the prevention and control of chemical abuse or dependence and from time to time revise such plan, ensuring that such plans have as part of their goal the delivery of services to the elderly and women and children, including pregnant women unless such programs have provided for the treatment of pregnant women through a transfer agreement with another provider


Misc Forms

Opioid Treatment Agreement
OPD Complaint Form

Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse


Substance Abuse Warning Signs and Symptoms

Substance abuse may start with alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, and most commonly prescription pain killers. Substance abuse can happen to anyone. Anyone can use drugs, anyone can become addicted, and anyone can overdose. Know the warning signs before it's too late. Pay attention to significant changes in the physical appearance, attitude and/or behavior of the individual.


New York State's 911 Good Samaritan Law

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Substance abuse may start with alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, and most commonly prescription pain killers. Substance abuse can happen to anyone. Anyone can use drugs, anyone can become addicted, and anyone can overdose. Know the warning signs before it's too late. Pay attention to significant changes in the physical appearance, attitude and/or behavior of the individual.


Talk2Prevent

Kids constantly texting? Join them in their chosen way of communicating by texting them as well. Texting with teens is a great way to connect with them and continue communicating about alcohol and drugs and their risks.


Combat Addiction

Addiction can happen to anyone, any family and at any time. It can be intimidating and overwhelming to identify a substance use disorder (SUD) and even harder to admit when there is a problem. You are not alone on this journey. There are people, organizations and various levels of care available, often nearby, to assist you. It’s going to take all of us.


Kitchen Table Toolkit

The Kitchen Table Toolkit was developed to assist parents, teachers, counselors and the community with guidance on how to initiate conversations about heroin and opioid abuse. The information in the toolkit may also be applicable for alcohol and other drugs. Videos and guidance documents were developed to assist with a community forum or a personal conversation.


CDC RX Awareness

The Rx Awareness campaign tells the real stories of people whose lives were torn apart by prescription opioids. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. The campaign also strives to decrease the number of individuals who use opioids recreationally or overuse them.


National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use. Get information to help you talk with your teens about drugs and their effects.


Opioid Basics

This CDC page contains information regarding prescription opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, overdose prevention and commonly used terms


Understanding the Epidemic

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.


STOP Prescription Drug Misuse - Information for Individuals, Parents and Families

Nearly half of all prescription drug misuse occurs right in the home when a person takes a prescription medication that is not prescribed for him/her or takes it for reasons or in dosages other than prescribed. The facts are alarming as many individuals do not believe prescription drugs for non-medical use can be harmful.


Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Their efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.


International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. The aim is to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.


New York State HOPEline 1-877-8-HOPENY

Offering help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling. All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.


NYS PMP

The Prescription Monitoring Program Registry provides practitioners and pharmacists with direct, secure access to view their patients’ recent controlled substance prescription history to help them better evaluate a patient’s treatment as it pertains to controlled substance prescribing and dispensing.


Pseudoephedrine Self-Certification

Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005

  • Download Training Material
  • NEW Self-Certification
  • Re-certify Self Certification
  • UPDATE Self certification
  • Reprint a certificate


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