Feds Resist Control For 2nd Most-Abused Pain Drug

Posted Sunday, August 21, 2011 --- 9:15 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drug control advocates say the federal government has been dragging its feet for 12 years on whether to restrict the second most-abused medicine in the United States.

The drug is hydrocodone, and it's the key ingredient in Vicodin, Norco and other painkillers.

Emergency room visits related to hydrocodone abuse have quadrupled since 2000. On study says 8 percent of all 12th graders have gotten high on the drug.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration have been studying whether to tighten controls over hydrocodone since 1999, but have taken no action.

Some members of Congress say they're fed up, and have filed a bill that would bypass both agencies and move hydrocodone into a more restrictive category.

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