Posted at: 01/31/2013 6:32 AM
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants tighter federal controls on pain killers that have been linked to deaths in New York when abused.
Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to put pain killers with hydrocodone in a category of drugs with a higher risk of abuse or addiction so they'll be more difficult to get.
Although many patients benefit form hydrocodone for pain management, the drug is among the most widely abused substances and can cause serious health problems and death.
Schumer said Wednesday the FDA should accept last week's recommendations from an advisory committee of doctors and scientists to reclassify hydrocodone medications as Class II drugs.