VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Reclassification of Hydrocodone Products
On October 6, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will reclassify all hydrocodone combination products (e.g. Vicodin, Norco, Tussinex, etc.) from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances due to concerns about the high risks of abuse, addiction and potentially fatal overdoses.
Beginning October 2, 2014:
- All hydrocodone prescriptions will be limited to a maximum 30-day supply with no refills.
- A new prescription is required every time you need more medication.
What you need to do:
- Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about your prescription.
- Keep your medicine stored in a safe, secure place.