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New narcotics law a headache for doctors, worse for patients In about six months, on Aug. 27, a new regulation requires physicians to go online to a New York website to check the history of any patient for whom they are going to prescribe a [controlled substance]. The goal is to decrease the number of deaths from overdoses. I have been treating opioid-dependent patients for the past decade, and the vast majority, over 90 percent, ...

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February 27, 2013
9:42 a.m.

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Dr. Underwood - I would like to read this new regulation. Could you please cite a source. Thank you.

February 27, 2013
10:01 a.m.

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March 1, 2013
5:11 p.m.

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Larry Felpel, It was not the legislature who thought up the idea of this new gun law in New York State! It was our illustrious leader, Governor Cuomo, who brought this to a head! (must have been in the thinking room for this one!) He is the one who pushed it through with the notice of necessity in the early morning hours, and managed to get a majority of the legislature to vote on it. (that must have been another hour in the thinking room). I know that there were a number of representatives and senators who were against this act and knew very little of it due to the quick movements of this act through both houses of the legislature, and how it did not got through the regular channels like any other bills.

I do agree with you. This bill is going to hurt New York's economy, with its limits of sales of ammunitions and firearms to law abiding citizens. Yet, the criminal will still be able to get what ever type of firearm they want through the black market and all the ammunition they could ever need. The people of New York will suffer because this act has also limited the number of rounds of ammumition the police officer on duty can carry in his duty weapon, and on his duty belt. Now that was a really smart move on the Governor's part!

And finally, New York State has closed up all of the psychiactric institutions and many of the prisons, so where are they going to put all of these new prisoners that are arrested under this new act when they are caught in possession of a weapon? Or is the State going to take the usual stance and just slap the criminal on the back of the hand and tell them not to do it again? Just like the DWI's, Disorderly Conduct's, Domestic Disputes, Hit and Run Accidents, and the list can go on! Answer those questions and you too could run for governor!