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Narcotic Definition

Federal law regulates the manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances considered stimulants, chemicals, anabolic steroids, adderall,depressants, and narcotics. Many people confuse stimulants with narcotics. However, stimulants are the opposite of narcotics because, unlike narcotics, they stimulate the body.

What Is a Narcotic?

A narcotic is a drug that has the opposite effect of a stimulant. The drug, which is derived either from the opium poppy or a synthetic form, dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces sleep. In excessive doses, it can cause convulsions, stupor, coma, or death. 

What Are Some Types of Narcotics?

Highly addictive and commonly known narcotics include:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Heroin

Narcotics are sometimes prescribed for pain caused by a particular medical condition or illness such as analgesics.

Is Percocet a Narcotic?

Yes, Percocet is a prescription drug given to treat pain. It is a combination of paracetamol and oxycodone, which is a narcotic. However, Percocet is also used for illegal purposes. Crimes associated with Percocet are:

  • Illegal possession
  • Unlawful resale
  • Theft
  • Distribution of Percocet
  • Use of forged Percocet prescription

A Percocet conviction can range from three to 10 years in prison or jail and a fine. The time behind bars depends on the type of crime committed.

How Do Narcotics Affect People Over Time?

Using narcotics can severely damage a person's health. With prolonged use of narcotics, an individual often becomes addicted to the drug. They may also form a higher tolerance for narcotics, which frequently leads to an increased use of the drugs.

Can I Face Criminal Charges for Being Involved with Narcotics?

Yes, an individual can face criminal charges for drug crimes involving narcotics, including:

  • Possessing narcotics: Possession includes knowingly obtaining the narcotic and failing to get rid of the drug after realizing she was in possession of them.
  • Distributing: An individual who sells or gives someone illegal narcotics can be charged with distribution.
  • Using: Using narcotics obtained in an unlawful manner.
  • Manufacturing: Using methods to create narcotics and/or convert drugs into narcotics.

Do I Need to Contact an Attorney?

It is in your best interest to contact a criminal attorney if you are being investigated for, accused of, or charged with a narcotics crime.  They can help you know your rights during the criminal legal process and represent you in court if necessary.

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Last Modified: 07-28-2016 10:51 PM PDT

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