"Hydrocodone is another name for ibuprofen," states AP's story on the just released toxicology report by the NYC Medical Examiner's office.
Ibuprofen is the over-the-counter (OTC), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Hydrocodone is a synthetic opioid. In the US there is no drug that contains the pure form of hydrocodone, and is usually combined with an NSAID such as ibuprofen (Vicoprofen), acetaminophen (Vicodin) or an antihistamine.
I wonder if this writer for the Associated Press realizes the danger of shooting from the hip in writing for the Web. Sure, there is always a rush to put a story up on the Web before everyone else, but how many seconds would it take to double check the basic facts. Even Wikipedia would work for this.
UPDATE: The author has replaced this sentence with "Hydrocodone is a widely used prescription painkiller." Still off the mark. But it's not possible to write a prescription for hydrocodone in its pure form (see above).