US to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

August 22, 2014 2:46 PM

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US to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs.

The move comes as health and law enforcement officials try to curb a rising tide of prescription drug abuse. Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opioid painkillers, according to federal data.

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