What's New

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2016

Practitioners are mandated to electronically prescribe both controlled and non-controlled substances effective March 27, 2016. However, there are a number of exceptions in which a practitioner may issue an Official New York State prescription (ONYSRx) form, oral prescription or a fax of an ONYSRx.

Information regarding e-prescribing may be accessed at the following links:

Electronic Prescribing

• Title 10 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 80, Section 80.11 – Additional Requirements for Manufacturers and Distributors. Regulation amended. Effective August 10, 2016.

Information regarding the Title 10 NYCRR Part 80, Section 80.11 amended regulation may be accessed at the following link:

New Legislation Enacted to Limit Initial Opioid Prescribing to a 7 Day Supply for Acute Pain.

Opioid Treatment Guidelines and Other Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For Practitioners

Information for Patients

  • Opioid Basics
    Information regarding prescription opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, overdose prevention and commonly used terms can be found at the following link.
  • Safer, More Effective Pain Management
    Living with chronic pain can be challenging. It is essential that you and your doctor discuss treatment options with all of the risks and benefits carefully considered. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and must be prescribed and used carefully.
  • Reports
    Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention 2015 Report to the Governor and NYS Legislature
  • Heroin Abuse
    Find resources related to Governor's Cuomo's Task Force to Combat Heroin, including treatment availability, paying for treatment, how to initiate conversations about opioid and heroin abuse, recognizing warning signs and symptoms and key steps to prevention.

Disposal of Controlled Substances