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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The most commonly prescribed, abused and misused painkiller in the nation will soon be more difficult to get, according to WSOC-TV.

In 2013, nearly 130 million prescriptions for hydrocodone products were written in the United States — far more than anywhere else in the world.

Jesse Pike owns Pike Pharmacy in Charlotte. He said he has mixed feelings about the change in the law that will tighten prescription rules on hydrocodone.

“There’s going to be a great concern because a need isn’t going to be met that should be,” Pike said.

In a little more than a month, doctors will no longer be able to call in prescriptions for Vicodin, Lortab or other medications containing hydrocodone.

There will also be no refills — patients will have to see their doctor to get a new prescription each time they need a new supply.

Read full story: WSOC-TV