DEA Wants To Change Rules For Schedule II Drugs

Law360, New York (September 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Despite claims by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that the prescription drug abuse problem has ballooned to epidemic proportions, the agency has proposed allowing doctors to prescribe a larger supply of powerful narcotic drugs, such as OxyContin and Codeine.

DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy said Wednesday that the agency wants to strike a proper balance between making the drugs available to people who need pain relief, and keeping them away from the people who are abusing them.

“We listened to the comments of more than 600...
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