New Restrictions on Hydrocodone
The government is increasing security around the highly addictive substance, hydrocodone, and all the drugs that contain this painkilling ingredient.
Hydrocodone has gone largely unchecked by the FDA, even though a significant number of prescription painkillers contain addictive amounts of hydrocodone. According to new regulations being set by the Drug Enforcement Agency, patients who are prescribed painkillers with hydrocodone as one of the ingredients will not be able to receive more than a 90 day supply without revisiting a healthcare professional to renew or change the prescription.
In the period between 1999 and 2010, the sale of these opioids increased by nearly four times from previous years, and the deaths caused by these drugs more than tripled. The new restrictions on hydrocodone will go into effect within 45 days, and drug enforcement officials are hopeful that these new regulations will cut down on the amount of addictions, injuries, and deaths caused by the opioid.
For more information on the new regulations, you can view the full article from USA Today.
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