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LI mom focus of new political ad

ALBANY -- A Lindenhurst mother will be featured in a new series of videos used by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in his re-election campaign.

In the video series for the Internet beginning this week, Teri Knoll speaks about her son’s addiction to painkillers, which she said were overprescribed. Timothy died of an overdose.

The story was part of Schneiderman’s effort to create the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, or I-Stop. The system is a database of controlled substances that can help doctors avoid overprescribing drugs. Schneiderman said it combats the use of  “doctor shopping” to obtain unsafe amounts of drugs.

“When that law passed we could see a huge change,” Kroll said. “People can no longer doctor shop, doctors can no longer overprescribe, pharmacies can not fill illegal prescriptions.”

Republican John Cahill had no immediate comment.

A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday found that Schneiderman, a Manhattan Democrat, had a 54-27 percentage edge over Cahill. But the poll also found 59 percent of voters questioned didn’t know enough about Schneiderman to have an opinion of the first-term attorney general and former state senator. The poll found 80 percent of voters didn’t know enough about Cahill to form an opinion.

Cahill had been a top commissioner and chief of staff to former Gov. George Pataki.

The poll questioned 863 likely voters Aug. 4-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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