|Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.|
"Today was a tremendous step forward in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is rampant across
"For far too long, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects that these drugs have had on our communities. Job vacancies cannot be filled because of failed drug tests. Family lives are ripped apart because of addiction and overdose deaths. Grandparents, great grandparents and neighbors are raising kids whose parents suffer from addiction. Students are unable to play outside because too many needles blanket their playgrounds. These circumstances are too common and simply unacceptable, which is why I am so grateful that the DEA has finalized the rescheduling process of hydrocodone. Although there is much more that must be done to curb prescription drug abuse, I am confident that rescheduling hydrocodone will undoubtedly begin saving hundreds of thousands of lives immediately."