Proposed Reclassification of Hydrocodone as a Schedule II substance

The DEA had asked FDA to recommend the Schedule II reclassification that would limit refills to a 90-day supply instead of the current five refills within six months, because of the potential for abuse.

“The restrictions may make it tougher for pain patients. In some states, nurse practitioners can’t write prescriptions for Schedule II drugs and many doctors aren’t willing to prescribe anything stronger than Schedule III”, said Edward Michna, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Pain Trials Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

And just for comparison, cannabis a Schedule I substance.

[Wikipedia] Hydrocodone/paracetamol (also known as hydrocodone/acetaminophen, hydrocodone/APAP or under brand names such as Lortab, Norco or Vicodin) is a combination narcotic analgesic drug consisting of hydrocodone and paracetamol (acetaminophen) used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

3 thoughts on “Proposed Reclassification of Hydrocodone as a Schedule II substance”

  1. Hello All–

    To those who have mentioned ending it all, I feel the same way. My critters are the only thing that keep me going.
    I am planning to separate from my husband because all we do is fight–he does not understand and lacks any sort of sincere communication. He just sits and stares at me when I try to talk to him, which is infuriating.
    My pregnant daughter says I’m mentally ill and need continuous therapy.
    I’m not sure where I’ll move to with my critters, or how I’ll afford life, but living with someone like my husband is like living in hell. I’d like to be by my daughter, I think, but she’s so judgmental, maybe that’s not a good idea.
    I’m sorry for everyone who has chronic pain as well as other diagnoses–and for the lack of understanding so many of us encounter.
    I still think about ending it, but my pooches are my life and only joy.
    For those of you who like be alone, at times do you feel better off rather than to live with animosity?
    Please keep writing. These messages are so helpful.


  2. Also, to the person who wanted saw a pooch that reminded her of one who had passed, I’d gladly take you to the shelter, but I doubt I live anywhere near you.

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