Tighter restrictions on popular painkillers with hydrocone kick in

October 6, 2014 2:38 AM

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Tighter restrictions on popular painkillers with hydrocone kick in

It's going to be more difficult to refill prescriptions for the most popular painkillers starting Monday, when new federal rules move products with hydrocodone into a stricter drug class reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances.

In approving the change, the Drug Enforcement Administration cited the 7 million Americans who abuse prescription drugs and the 100,000 overdose deaths from painkillers in the past decade.

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