The FDA Wants To Restrict This Medicine

A pile of hydrocodone pillsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicine that contains hydrocodone, which is a highly-addictive painkiller and the most widely prescribed drug in America.

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The agency said that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine. Hydrocodone belongs to a family of drugs known as opioids, which also includes heroin, codeine and methadone.

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The agency’s top drug regulator, Dr. Janet Woodcock, said in a statement, “The FDA has become increasingly concerned about the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States.”