Narcotic pain pills to face tougher regulations

August 21, 2014 9:07 PM

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Narcotic pain pills to face tougher regulations

Tough new restrictions on the powerful, highly addictive hydrocodone combination painkillers, such as Vicodin, will take effect in mid-October as the federal government elevates the opioid drug to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act.

The notice, to be published Friday in the Federal Register, announces that the change takes effect in 45 days.

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