Comprised of both illegal and illicit (something that isn’t illegal, but is still often frowned upon by society) drugs, medically speaking it usually refers to one of many prescription analgesics in the opioid (from the opium plant) family. Due to their addictive nature, narcotics are considered controlled substances in most countries. In the United States, further classifications (schedules) are made and separated according to A) If they have an accepted medical use, and B) The potential they have at being abused. Schedule 1, is seen as having no “accepted medical use” and from there the lower the number, the higher the risk for potential abuse.

Narcotics Commonly Used by Chiarians:

  • Morphine – Schedule 2
  • Hydromorphone – Schedule 2
    • Dilaudid – Schedule 2
  • Fentanyl – Schedule 2
  • Oxycodone – Schedule 2
    • OxyContin – Schedule 2
    • Percocet – Schedule 2
  • Hydrocodone – Schedule 2
    • Vicodin – Schedule 2
    • Norco – Schedule 2
  • Codeine – Schedule 2
  • Tramadol – Schedule 4


For more information on drug classifications and their controlled substance schedule listing, visit:

Term used to describe the entire family of opiates (drug derived from the opium plant) including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic