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February 6, 2013

Schumer calls for stricter regulations on hydrocodone

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SOME CONCERNED

While New York state already classifies hydrocodone as a Schedule II drug, its success has been limited because of drug trafficking across state lines, Schumer said.

He referred to Interstate 95 as a “sort of drug-abuse freeway,” highlighting the large amounts of medications that are in constant transport.

But, some peopleare concerned that tightening restrictions on hydrocodone could make it more difficult for people who need the drug for pain management or other reasons.

“No one is trying to take it away from people who need it,” Schumer said.

“We must do more so that our children, parents, spouses and friends don’t continue to fall prey to these drugs.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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