TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) – According to CNN, one person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose in the U.S.
To combat this misuse and abuse, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new restrictions that would tighten regulations for some of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market.
The FDA’s latest proposal would specifically affect hydrocodone combination pills, like Vicodin.
Patients would need a written prescription from a doctor to access these drugs, instead of a prescription submitted by phone.
Refills would also be prohibited.
If passed, the Trumann Police Department said it could help clean up the prescription drug issue in the city and its surroundings.