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I have waited 8 years to hear this. My son passed away in 2005 from a vicodin overdose, which he mixed with another pain killer. He got prescriptions filled whenever he wanted. Doctors wrote them as if they were candy, and not controlled substances.Its about time someone has done something. I just wish they would have done this 8 years ago. Maybe my son would still be here
Reclassifying Vicodin will do nothing to stop those who deliberately abuse a medication. All the abuser will do is seek it illegally.
Any medication (including OTC acetaminophen) can be abused. We're all responsible for our own behavior.
In the real world there are millions of elderly people who use this medication effectively and responsibly for legitimate diagnosed conditions. My mother had painfully chronic arthritis and this medication was a tremendous help to her for years.
The vast majority of doctors are ethical, educated professionals. They don't need to be "instructed" on the effects of a medication that has been on the market for decades.
Putting this moderate pain reliever in the same class as morphine and opium is a political move by the FDA. The only ones who will suffer are those who benefit for a legitimate reason
If the FDA really wants to address the "problem" of drug abuse then they should put tighter control cigarettes and alcohol. These two drugs are proven killers of millions of people each year.
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