Drug Enforcement Administration Dakota alarming statistics stricter rules prescription painkiller United States
The FDA says prescription drugs take the lives of more than 20,000 Americans every year. Now the federal government is putting tougher restrictions on the most common painkiller in the country. 8-22-14
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00:00 The Drug Enforcement Administration says. Chris prescription drugs take the
00:04 lives of more than 20000 people every year federal government has
00:07 taken notice of these alarming statistics. WB IR -- reporter Kelsey
00:12 paper has more on new restrictions on the most common painkiller
00:16 in this country Kelsey. That's right Robin there will now be
00:19 stricter rules when it comes the -- Dakota which is the
00:22 most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States. The drug will
00:26 be any more we stripped the category making it harder for
00:29 people could get the -- He doesn't get struggle. Twist things
00:35 such as ADD NA DHD. They need to teens and drugs
00:40 and they're not going to be able to get them --
00:43 easily. The FDA is putting new limits on the prescription painkiller
00:47 hydra -- down its founding drugs like bike again. The restrictions
00:51 coming in an effort to reduce the number of people who
00:54 abuse prescription medication. I think it's a pretty big issue especially
00:58 here in instances. Think we -- probably. More and use it
01:04 occurs in the states and there are a lot of places
01:07 and so it is important. Well limit the spread between ninety
01:11 day supply. Doctors will no longer be able to calling prescription
01:15 by telephone and patients won't be able to get refills on
01:18 the same prescription. They have -- a written prescription or they
01:22 have to sit in a prescription electronically. Or you have to
01:24 go back into it with a doctor's office to get a
01:27 new prescription that she Angel require pharmacies to keep their drugs
01:31 under tighter security. They will change some things on our hands
01:35 in terms how we keep records and and that sort of
01:39 thing so it does tighten things up a little bit and
01:43 that change the fact that you cannot for the -- on
01:46 that. Prescription drugs account for the majority of all drug related
01:50 deaths in the united feet. And professionals say the regulation as
01:54 a step in the right direction. This is a problem and
01:57 we need to let people know that. We have to fix
02:00 it it's not something that's gonna fix overnight and we're in
02:04 -- steps to -- inched. Plaza right now doctors can prescribe
02:11 a six month supply painkillers with up to five every fell
02:14 under schedule three. The new restrictions take effect in mid October
02:18 they will limit -- to a three month supply and there
02:20 will be no -- felt under schedule -- Rodham all right
02:23 Kelsey thanks for that report.
(WBIR) The Drug Enforcement Administration said prescription drugs take the lives of more than 20,000 Americans every year.
The federal government has taken notice to these alarming statistics and is finalizing new restrictions on the most common form of painkiller in the country. There will now be stricter rules when it comes to hydrocodone, which is the most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States.
It will be placed in a tougher, more restrictive category, making it harder for people to get. That includes the people who actually need it to treat their medical condition.
Hydrocodone is found in drugs like Vicodin. The restrictions come in an effort to reduce the number of people who abuse prescription medications.
"It's a pretty big issue, especially here in East Tennessee," said Hank Peck, owner of Long's Drug Store in Knoxville. "I think we probably see more abuse that occurs in the state then there are a lot of places so it is important."
The new rules limit the drug to a 90-day supply. Doctors will no longer be able to call in prescriptions by telephone and patients won't be able to get refills on the same prescription.
"They either have to have a written prescription or they have to send in a prescription electronically," Huddleston said. "Or you have to go back into the doctor's office to get a new prescription."
Pharmacists said the change will require them to keep the drugs under tighter security.
"It will change some things on our end in terms of how we keep the records and that sort of thing," Peck said. "So it does tighten things up a little bit and it does change the fact that you cannot put a refill on that."
Prescription drugs account for the majority of all drug related deaths in the United States and professionals said the regulation is a step in the right direction when it comes to fixing the problem.
"This is a problem and we need to let people know that we have to fix it. It's not something that's going to get fixed overnight and we're in the right steps to doing that," Huddleston said.
As of right now, doctors can prescribe a six-month supply of pain killers with up to five refills under Schedule III.
The new restrictions will take effect in mid-October and will now be limited to a three month supply and no refills under Schedule II.