State restricts hydrocodone use

June 23, 2014

The Delaware Secretary of State has placed emergency regulations on an extended-release drug because it is easy to abuse.

Hydrocodone, which also goes by brand name Zohydro, can be chewed, crushed, cut, grated or ground;  it has no chemical barriers that prevent users from extracting the opioid by using common solvents such as water, said Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

"The use of this new and dangerous narcotic painkiller known as Zohydro must be monitored closely because the abuse of it can be deadly," Bullock said.

Bullock said he adopted the emergency regulations because of the potential for accidental overdose or intentional abuse or diversion.

Prior to prescribing an extended-release hydrocodone that has no abuse-deterrent formulation, Bullock said, medical practitioners should conduct and document a thorough examination of a patient.


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