List of Narcotic Drugs
Since the beginning of time, people have been formulating and taking narcotic drugs. In fact, narcotics are one of the oldest classifications of substances known to mankind. It began with opium derived from the poppy plant, which ancient Chinese cultures used for all sorts of maladies including diarrhea and pain relief.
One can’t deny that the United States is currently facing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse. Research indicates that the US accounts for as much as 80 percent of the world-wide consumption of narcotic medication. And that’s not because of our easy access to healthcare. The Washington Post reports opioid use in 25 countries with modern healthcare systems, and the United States outpaces them all by a significant margin.
- Natural opium derivatives – narcotic drugs that are derived from the poppy plant are classified as natural narcotics. These include morphine and codeine.
- Partially synthetic – this classification is narcotic drugs that are derived from morphine. They include heroine, oxycodone and hydromorphone and oxymorphone.
- Synthetic compounds – drugs in this category are formulated similarly in structure to morphine
- Vicodin (hydrocodone)
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
- Demerol (meperidine)
- OxyContin (oxycodone)
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