Schumer Launching Campaign To Reclassify Addictive Prescription Drug

CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is a new push under way to reclassify a highly addictive and potentially dangerous narcotic painkiller that may already be in your medicine cabinet.

Hydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday, there are shattered lives behind the prescription drug addiction epidemic.

Laura Bustamante lost her father, Bryon Sheffield, one of four gunned down in the Medford drug store massacre on Father’s Day 2011.

“It should not be so easy to get our hands on a highly addictive narcotic,” Bustamante told CBS 2’s Gusoff.

In the Medford rampage, 33-year-old David Laffer shot and killed four people execution-style inside Haven Pharmacy as part of a plan to steal painkillers.

Teri Kroll lost her son, Timothy, when he overdosed on painkillers.

“He became addicted in a very…

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