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U.S. Government to Make Hydrocodone a Schedule II Substance

In another attempt to curb the ever-increasing amount of prescription drug abuse, the U.S. government will tighten restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller found in drugs such as Vicodin. According to an article published by Reuters, products containing hydrocodone with another substance will now be classed as Schedule II products, making them harder to obtain and disallowing phoned-in prescriptions. This classification, which already includes pure hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, will also allow less refills per prescription. With opioid painkillers being responsible for three out of four prescription drug overdoses, this measure will hopefully help contain abuse that already affects almost seven million Americans.

Read the article published by Reuters.