DEA to tighten control of a type of pain pill

August 22, 2014 7:03 AM

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DEA to tighten control of a type of pain pill

One type of opioid painkiller - among the most commonly prescribed, abused, and misused medications in America - will soon be more difficult to obtain.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will publish new rules in the federal register Friday reclassifying hydrocodone combination drugs from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II. The rules kick in 45 days later.

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