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DEA makes Vicodin harder to obtain legally, but that's half the job
DEA makes Vicodin harder to obtain legally, but that's half the job

The Drug Enforcement Administration has spent the last decade considering whether to make it harder to obtain the most popular type of narcotic painkiller: "hydrocodone combination" products, such as Vicodin and Lortab. And now it will. But the new restrictions may not have much effect on stopping the abuse of those products until state officials make it harder for addicts to get around the rules. On Friday, the DEA published a final rule that reclassifies hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II drugs, which is the most restrictive category for controlled substances that have medical uses. As such, they will be available only in non-refillable prescriptions that provide...

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