ALBANY, N.Y. -- In an
effort to combat what he calls an unprecedented hike in prescription drug
abuse, Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for tighter controls on hydrocodone
Schumer launched a
campaign Monday to reclassify the drug as a schedule two controlled substance,
which would create stronger restrictions on prescribing and storing the
The Capital Region has
experienced a rash of heroin busts and prescription-drug related crimes in the
last few months, and Schumer says prescription opioids are often to blame.
He claims a number of
addicts start with drugs like hydrocodone before moving on to heroin.