Narcotics are drugs that alleviate physical pain, suppress coughing, alleviate diarrhea,
and induce anesthesia. Natural narcotics are derived from the Opium poppy and synthetic
narcotics are made to act like the major constituents of Opium (thebaine, morphine,
codeine). Legal, synthetic narcotics such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone)
are prescribed as pain-relievers but are often diverted for illegitimate uses. Heroin
is an illegal narcotic, derived from morphine.