Hydrocodone combination drugs will become Schedule II in September. While the rescheduling appears to have been long overdue, it is by no means a solution to the prescription drug abuse problem. Rescheduling will not decrease the demand for these drugs. What this step will accomplish is limiting the number of fraudulent prescriptions and refills called in by abusers pretending to be the prescriber’s agent, etc. While some may argue that the new restrictions will limit access to these drugs by chronic pain patients because each prescription must be written by the prescriber, this argument is rather unpersuasive as Schedule II medications can be prescribed electronically through EPCS which arguably offers more security and accountability than phone and fax transmissions without inconveniencing the patient or the prescriber.