Illicit Drugs

Last updated: April 22, 2019

What Does Illicit Drugs Mean?

Illicit drugs fall into two categories. The first category is comprised of those drugs that are illegal to process, sell, and consume. These include cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The second class includes those drugs that are legal to process, sell, and consume when prescribed by a physician, but are then misused by the person to whom the drugs have been prescribed, or are used by individuals not under a prescribing doctor’s care, and who may have obtained the drugs by illegal means. Drugs in the second category can include prescription pain medication and prescription sedatives.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Illicit Drugs

The first category of illicit drugs includes those drugs that are illegal to manufacture, sell, purchase and consume. Drugs that fall into this category are taken solely for recreational purposes and include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA, hashish, opium, PCP, and LSD. The second category includes drugs that are legal to process, sell, and consume when processed in a licensed facility, prescribed by a physician, and consumed by the patient under the physician's care, in the manner prescribed by the physician, but become illegal due to misuse. This can include overconsumption of a drug by the person to whom the drug is prescribed, the consumption of a drug by persons to whom the drug has not been prescribed, and the consumption of the drug in settings where the effects of the substance can impair the user's ability to function and can jeopardize the user's safety, the safety of coworkers, or the safety of the public - such as when driving a vehicle or operating machinery in the workplace.


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