Addictive Painkiller

August 20, 2011 - 5:10 PM
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy technician poses for a picture with hydrocodone tablets at the Oklahoma Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla., that was robbed the previous month. It is the nation’s second-most abused medicine, linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and a rising tide of violent pharmacy robberies. But since 1999 federal regulators have put off deciding whether to tighten controls over hydrocodone, the addictive narcotic that is the key ingredient in Vicodin and other medicines. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)