Hydrocodone is an opioid, which makes it an effective drug to combat pain. People who use this can feel an exaggerated sense of physical and mental well-being. Some may feel a sense of euphoria as well.
However, as much as opioid drugs are very effective to alleviate pain, they are still the most addictive kind of prescription drugs. In fact, hydrocodone + acetaminophen prescriptions were the most kind of prescription written in the United States since 2007. This means as much as drug regulation for hydrocodone is done, drug abuse is still a pressing issue.
Sadly, people are still susceptible of being addicted to hydrocodone even if it is given as a prescription. Hydrocodone, like morphine, is classified as a Schedule II drug.
Schedule II drugs include methamphetamines, cocaine, methadone and opium. They are slightly less dangerous than their previous counterpart, but they have high risk of addiction. It can carry a potential of six (6) to 12 months in jail as a Class I felony.
In the first offense, this is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor and may mean being in jail for 45 days. On the second offense, however, it can become a Class I felony, which may mean staying six (6) to 12 months in jail.
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