Hydrocodone is one of the most dangerous narcotic drugs known and still hasn’t been regulated to the strict schedule two drug list. Doctors can prescribe six refills and call or fax in the prescription. Drug Counselors, lawmakers and families of those who have lost loved ones to this drug are upset and frustrated. Yet The Drug Enforcement Administration has been sitting on it for 12 years without making any decision.
Schedule two drugs must be kept locked away at pharmacies and doctors can only prescribe one bottle at a time, Schedule three drugs are not so strictly controlled. These prescriptions can be refilled up to six times without a doctors visit. Wouldn’t you think one of the most addictive drugs known to medicine would be labeled a schedule two drug? Not so, Hydrocodone is one of the most addictive drugs, but it’s on the schedule three list. The addictive narcotic ingredient is Vicodin. Federal regulators have been trying to decide since 1999 if controls should be tightened on Hydrocodone, but they haven’t decided yet. Those who have lost loved ones to this drug are frustrated, to say the least.
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Robert DuPont, president of the Institute for Behavior and Health said, ” They’re not doing a darn thing. There’s no study that takes 12 years. When you think of how many people have died of Hydrocodone overdoses, it’s inexcusable.” Hydrocodone use has quadrupled since 2000. Actors, Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger and Corey Haim all died from Hydrocodone overdoses. Emergency room visits rose from 19,221 in 2000 to 86,258 in 2009. Only oxycodone, the drug used in narcotics like OxyContin and Percocet have resulted in more seizures by police than Hydrocodone, which comes in at a close second.
The Drug Enforcement Administration hasn’t released any documents or information from the 12 year study. But Press reviews shows that it has been passed back and forth between the agencies without any decision brought forward. Hydrocodone is the country’s second most used narcotic. It is linked to murders, deaths and pharmacy robberies. Hydrocodone caused 910 deaths in Florida alone, and contributed to 1,803 others between 2003 and 2007.
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