Hydrocodone, better known by its brand name Vicodin, is derived from opium poppy like heroin.
Sen. Charles Schumer, who pushed the Drug Enforcement Administration for its creation, called it the first of its kind in the country.
Witnesses testified that prescription painkiller abuse has become a major multimillion dollar drug epidemic in the city.
Eric Schneiderman wants to see a new real time database that would report and track certain controlled substances to prevent doctor shopping.
A U.S. senator is warning that a new batch of super painkillers now under review could lead to violent robberies.
On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer said that the abuse of prescription narcotics is reaching levels not seen since the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s.