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DEA announces final rule to reschedule hydrocodone

Local - 8/21/2014 12:55 PM by Rebecca Turco

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the final rule to reschedule hydrocodone-combination drugs from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.

Hydrocodone is found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin. Senator Joe Manchin said rescheduling these drugs will ensure proper limits for prescription refills, tighter controls at pharmacies and more visits to a doctor before receiving these drugs.

The DEA is the lead federal agency in enforcing narcotics and controlled substances laws and regulations.

Manchin said the rule is “[A] tremendous step forward in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is rampant across West Virginia and our country.”


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