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The Opium Poppy, classified techinically as the flowering plant “Papaver somniferum,” is the source of many of today’s modern narcotic pain killers. The plant has been used for medicinal purposes throughout most of human history. Today, chemical engineers work toward perfecting the practice of medicine by inventing new and improved drugs. One drug, Hydrocodone, was invented by one such chemist in the year 1920. It was eventually given the thumbs up by the United States FDA in 1943. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid made from a naturally occurring alkaloid in the Opium Poppy – Codeine. Ever since its inception, it’s been used to treat a multitude of painful conditions. It is known as one of the most versatile narcotic pain killers, as it is potent enough to manage pain while minimizing adverse side effects that come with high doses of less potent opiates.
Today, Hydrocodone is known in culture by different brand names: Vicodin, Norco, Watson, Zohydro, and others. It’s even been popularized in modern television shows and movies. These brand names are simply a way for various companies to capitalize on society’s need for one particular commodity. In this case, the commodity is Hydrocodone. These pharmaceutical companies sell different admixtures and preparations of Hydrocodone based on the varying white-market demand. When used as directed, Hydrocodone is an invaluable asset to any doctor or patient’s pharmacopeia. However, when Hydrocodone is abused, people can find themselves in a lot more pain than they’ve originally planned.
Hydrocodone is rather like Morphine, although the two medicines are quite different to the trained eye. Either way, the dangers of Morphine addiction have been known since the 1800’s. Hydrocodone is certainly no less addictive, and is capable of precipitating severe withdrawal symptoms upon abrupt discontinuation. Dose tolerance and overdose are also a concern when considering Hydrocodone. Just like Morphine, there is a lethal dose of Hydrocodone which one could ingest that would heavily suppress one’s central nervous system to the point of death. This is why there is a panoply of legislation surrounding the possession, manufacture, and sale of Hydrocodone. For instance, it can only be prescribed by a medical doctor – it is not available over the counter. And, if one is found in possession of some form of Hydrocodone without a proper prescription, they face a number of very serious charges based upon the severity of the infraction itself. It’s a common misconception that more people die from illicit drug use every year as opposed to prescription medication. In fact, the opposite is true. How, then, can it be said that doctors do no harm if what they prescribe can kill? Thankfully, there are many, many more responsible, upstanding doctors in California than there are doctors willing to break legal protocol to make a quick buck.
At our law firm, we understand that drug abuse is, generally, more an issue of public health than an issue of criminal intent or activity. Our team of legal professionals know the State of California Health and Safety Code inside and out, and we guarantee that your case will be treated with the respect and common decency that you deserve. We pay attention to detail unlike anyone, anywhere else. Our goal is to make sure you reach the most positive and just outcome as you make your way through the wearisome legal system. At (firm name) we strive to make the world a better place one case at a time. Contact us for a consultation or appointment if ever you find the need.