Schumer wants more regs on hydrocodone pain meds - NEWS10 ABC: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

Schumer wants more regs on hydrocodone pain meds

Posted: Updated:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants tighter federal controls on pain killers that have been linked to deaths in New York when abused.

Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to put pain killers with hydrocodone in a category of drugs with a higher risk of abuse or addiction so they'll be more difficult to get.

Although many patients benefit form hydrocodone for pain management, the drug is among the most widely abused substances and can cause serious health problems and death.

Schumer said Wednesday the FDA should accept last week's recommendations from an advisory committee of doctors and scientists to reclassify hydrocodone medications as Class II drugs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

341 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204

Telephone: 518.436.4822
Fax: 518.426.4792

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Albany, Inc. A Media General Company.