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Penalties for Possession of Hydrocodone
Possession of Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab or Norco) is a serious crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C outlines the penalties for illegal possession of this drug. This drug typically falls under Class C Substance in Massachusetts. A conviction for illegal possession of a Class C Substance carries the following penalties:
- 1st Offense: Up to 1 year in a House of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $1,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
- 2nd Offense: Up to 2 years in a House of Corrections or County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
Drug Facts About Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. It is prescribed as a cough suppressant and for moderate to severe pain relief. Hydrocodone is often compared to oxycodone. Both are pain killers but oxycodone is a 50% stronger than hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is the primary component in several other painkiller drugs.
- Vicodin is a brand name drug that contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
- Lortab is a brand name drug that contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
- Norco is a brand name drug that contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
99% of the hydrocodone produced in the world is consumed by the United States. It is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Narcotic pain killers like hydrocodone cause more deaths in the United States than cocaine and heroin combined.
The Federal Drug Administration has listed hydrocodone along with oxycodone as a Schedule II drug since the early 1970’s. The FDA classifies drugs like heroin as Schedule I drugs because they are illegal and don’t have any medical use. Schedule II drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are legal and have valid medical use but they also have a very high potential for being abused.
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