Narcotic Prescriptions

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What is a Narcotic? What are they? How do narcotics get their classifications? Narcotics get their name by using the chemical type of their active ingredients. They may also be categorized by the way they treat a particular medical condition. Narcotics are categorized based on their potential risks for abuse, rather physical or psychological, or harm they can bring to an individual. They are medications that are strictly controlled and regulated by the government.
In 1970 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released the following schedules under the CSA (Controlled Substance Act). The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) regulates controlled substance through a “closed system” for legitimate manufactures, distributors and
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CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) is a data base

used for C II - C IV controlled substance prescriptions, that are dispensed in California serving

the public health ( This system is committed to the decrease of

medication drug abuse and the deviation without disturbing legitimate medical practice or patient

care. One of the most major concerns about narcotic medications are their uses as recreational

drugs and not used for medical purposes. Access to CURES is limited to only license personal such as licensed prescribers and licensed pharmacies. The patients must be under direct care of a

provider to seek these types of medications.


The California law requires that any controlled substance medication (C II – C V) to

acquire and use tamper-resistant prescription forms. These forms can only be ordered from state

approved security printers. If a prescription pad gets lost or stolen it must be reported

immediately to local law enforcement and the DOJ (Department of Justice)/ CURES
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All must be on the prescription or it is not a valid prescription.

The pharmacy is then accountable for all of the prescriptions to have the things listed

above but also the following, federal controlled substance registration number, pharmacy

prescription number, license number, NDC (National Drug Code) number of the controlled

substance being dispensed, quantity of the controlled substance dispensed, the ICD-9 (diagnosis

code) if available, date the prescription was issued, and date the medication was dispensed


Because controlled substances are among the most addictive and abused types of drugs,

severe regulating is required. The first offense of possessing an illegal controlled substance

can lead up to seven years in prison or a $50,000 fine. Selling narcotics is against the law and is

prohibited. Penalties will depend on the amount in possession at the time and the conditions that

accompany the
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