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FDA Cracks Down on Hydrocodone Prescriptions

A victory Friday for a US Senator who launched a fight in January to reduce the abuse of hydrocodone.

Senator Charles Schumer announced on Friday the Food and Drug Administration has approved regulations to make it harder to access pain killers that contain hydrocodone.

The FDA has reclassified the drug as a Schedule II controlled substance.  This means there will be greater restrictions on how doctors can prescribe the drug and how much of it can be prescribed. There are also no refills issued on a Schedule II controlled substance.

47 million Americans received a prescription for the drug in 2011. Schumer says that strong medications are often prescribed too often and there is a critical need for better control.

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