Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication, often called narcotics. This is used to treat moderate to severe pain in some patients. However, one must not take this drug if he or she has breathing problems, as this can slow or even stop breathing.
This is also not advised to be used by mothers during pregnancy as the fetus may become dependent of it while it is in the womb. The newborn may have symptoms of withdrawal if hydromorphone is cut out in the mother’s system.
It is for this purpose that hydromorphone 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.
Those who would like to know more about the specifics of crimes in North Carolina may contact lawyers and legal experts from nearby courts for consultations.