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Hydrocodone reclassified as Schedule II controlled substance

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(WVVA) The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has moved the prescription drug hydrocodone from Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.

According to a news release issued by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, the change will “ensure proper limits for prescription refills, tighter controls at pharmacies and more visits to a doctor before receiving these dangerous drugs.” Hydrocodone can be found inhighlyy addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab.

“Today was a tremendous step forward in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is rampant across West Virginia and our country. As Governor and now as U.S. Senator, I have diligently fought to stem the tide on the prescription drug abuse, and rescheduling these highly addictive drugs will help prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and devastating families and communities,” says Sen. Manchin.

Manchin says the decision to reschedule hydrocodone will save lives immediately.

“For far too long, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects that these drugs have had on our communities. Job vacancies cannot be filled because of failed drug tests. Family lives are ripped apart because of addiction and overdose deaths. Grandparents, great grandparents and neighbors are raising kids whose parents suffer from addiction. Students are unable to play outside because too many needles blanket their playgrounds. These circumstances are too common and simply unacceptable, which is why I am so grateful that the DEA has finalized the rescheduling process of hydrocodone,” says Sen. Manchin.

 

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