There are many different types of narcotics each of which has similar effects but may be manufactured differently or prescribed for different purposes. While most narcotics are simply prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, there are some other uses such as to induce sleep or to reduce cough. Narcotics are widely available in both street forms and in legal prescription medications.
The following list of narcotics is just a sample of some of the names you may hear either in a medical setting or on the streets:
This is just a partial list as there are many drugs that include combinations of these medications in them which are also considered narcotics. The term “narcotics” is actually used to refer to nearly any illegal drug in some areas but the true meaning is an analgesic such as prescription painkillers. Some states or users described narcotics as just about any type of drug including cocaine or methamphetamine.
Narcotics are typically those drugs which are either directly taken from the opium poppy such as heroin or morphine as well as the long list of opioids that are either synthetic or semi-synthetic which means that all or a portion of the drug is created in a laboratory setting. Heroin, morphine and prescription painkillers continue to be the most widely known narcotics.
Some areas also include barbiturates and benzodiazepines as narcotics. These include:
Regardless of whether the list of narcotics includes only opiate based drugs that are derived from the poppy plan or if it includes other dangerous drugs such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines these drugs all carry a wide potential for causing dependence and subsequent physical addiction which is difficult to control and equally difficult to treat.