By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What do you think is the most prescribed drug in America today?

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Is it one of those statin drugs like simvistatin that lower cholesterol? No. Simvistatin is fourth. How about that blood pressure medication lisinopril? Actually, it’s third. In second place is a thyroid medication called levothyroxin.

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So what is number one? I actually find it quite disturbing. It is hydrocodone/acetaminophen. You might know it by brand names like Vicodin and certainly for those with pain it can be a major weapon, but we are also finding a growing number of people addicted to these pain medications and my fear is far too often we, as physicians, rely on pills like this – pills that have a huge street value and are far too often abused.

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That is why the number one position concerns me.