Members of Congress are asking why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are refusing to put tighter controls on the nation’s second-most abused drug, hydrocodone, a narcotic that has been linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and pharmacy robberies. Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in dozens of FDA-approved medicines including Vicodin and Lortab. It is an opiate narcotic used to relieve moderate to severe pain or to relieve cough. The drug can also be habit-forming and is life-threatening if overdosed. Overdoses of hydrocodone has contributed to the deaths of actors Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, and ... Read More
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