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FDA looks to tighten prescription drug regulations

Abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a growing problem through out the country, killing thousands every year.

To help combat this problem, the FDA is trying to tighten controls over prescribing the painkiller Hydrocodone.

We did some research here and found out, that painkiller has the highest rate of return at local medicine clean out events.

"The CDC currently states that prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States," said Doctor Jeanie Jaramillo, with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

It's a problem so big that the CDC reports More than 15,000 American's die each year, from the abuse.

The federal drug administration is currently considering new regulations when it comes to prescribing painkillers.

"The new requirements, if they implement those, will actually require a new kind of prescription that's more difficult to obtain from physicians and people will have to come in more frequently for refill approvals from their physician," Jaramillo told us.

Vicodin and OxyContin are among the prescription drugs that the FDA is trying to regulate.

To help cut down on the number of prescription drugs that may be readily available, Impact Futures, a local anti-drug coalition, is hosting a "medicine cabinet" clean out event on Saturday, October 26th.
You can bring any unwanted prescription drugs to the Potter and Randall County Sheriff's Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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