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
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.”