In the United States, Cocaine is legally considered as a narcotic. However, in the worldwide medical setup, it is not.
- Medical Narcotics can precipitate pain relief that starts in your brain.
- How the brain perceives pain is affected by the opioid pain relievers or so-called narcotics.
- Medications that belong to this drug classification have the ability to bind to the receptors in the brain and block the natural sensations of pain.
- Generally, the use of narcotic medicine should not be longer than 3-4 months.
In legal terms, narcotics are drugs that can dull your senses.
Narcotics is a term used to collectively point to illicit drugs or drugs which cannot be transported unless required for a medicinal purpose. The prescription, which is a must, should come from a doctor’s or dentist’s prescription.
Under the “controlled substance” and a “Schedule II” drug, cocaine is referred to as a legal narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act. It means that cocaine is highly potent for abuse and has a very limited medical benefit. Schedule II drugs also result in severe dependence both physically and psychologically and can even lead to an addiction. The type of drugs that fall under this category is extremely dangerous. Dealers of Schedule II type of drugs may be charged with a felony case under state and federal laws.
For more information about this cocaine, it’s best to visit the nearest drug addiction treatment in your area.
There are a number of properties in cocaine that have a high potential of progressing into addiction.
The drug can be ingested in various ways, inhalation for example. A more rapid onset is often achieved when smoking or injecting cocaine which also boasts a higher addictive potential.
Cocaine is quickly broken down in the body and has a very short half-life. Drugs that have a quicker onset can cause people with a quick metabolism to instantly get high and rapidly develop abuse and addiction.
In the United States, the Controlled Substances Act categorizes prescription drugs into schedules or classes based on the government’s perception of the drug’s potential for abuse.
Class 1 drugs or schedule 1 drugs are substances that are illegal and have no medicinal use. These are those with a higher potential for abuse and pose safety issues. Narcotics like cocaine, heroin, and LSD are categorized as Schedule 1 drugs. However, both Washington and Colorado have legally allowed the use of narcotics for medicinal purposes. Take note that Marijuana is still categorized under Schedule 1 drugs.
Schedule 2 type of drugs is acceptable for its medicinal purposes although it also has a high potential for developing drug dependence, abuse, and even severe addiction. High-dose opiates including codeine, morphine, opium, Fentanyl, and OxyCodone fall under Schedule 2 drugs along with methamphetamine and barbiturates. The ADHD drug Adderall also fall under the Schedule 2 drugs category. The main difference between Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 drugs is with the valid medical use of drugs.
Schedules 3 through 5 drugs are generally accepted for medical use and have a lower potential for being abused. Examples of Schedule 3 drugs are steroids, low dose codeine, and hydrocodone-based opiates. The potential for abuse of Schedule 4 drugs is lower than Schedule 3 drugs. The list includes Benzodiazepines and sedatives. The lowest potential for abuse is categorized under Schedule 5 drugs and include medicine for mild pain, cough, and diarrhea.
It is not impossible to develop drug dependence on any of these drugs along with drug abuse and potentially, addiction, especially for Schedule 1&2 drugs.
While there are people who can just stop their drug use independently by tapering off the drug, most users need medical assistance with a detox program to safely stop their use of it.
Available medical detox includes both inpatient and outpatient programs. The latter will allow you to report to a clinic or your physician to be administered medication that can help control your withdrawal symptoms and allow you to start detoxification. With this method, you may be able to keep with your regular schedule of activities although there are various drawbacks to this option.
Inpatient medical detox can last 7-10 days and possibly longer depending on your drug abuse. Many doctors recommend IV therapy of detoxification as it is very effective in controlling the withdrawal symptoms.
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