Hydrocodone medication restrictions start Monday

The fight against prescription drug abuse across the nation gets a boost as tougher regulations on painkillers containing hydrocodone officially go into effect on Monday.

Pain drug prescription rate called 'shocking'

Wisconsin residents last year received more than two million prescriptions for hydrocodone with acetaminophen, the generic equivalent of Vicodin, according to data from the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). That's more than double any other prescribed medicine, a figure one leading state lawmaker called "shocking."