What is the difference between narcotics and stimulants?

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Narcotic drugs are those substances that induce sleep. In the legal context, narcotic refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semisynthetic or totally synthetic substitutes. But Cocaine and coca leaves, which are classified as "narcotics" in the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA), are technically not narcotics but stimulants. Some of the more popular narcotics drugs (in order of use popularity) are Heroin, opium, morphine, codeine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and methadone. Compared to some other drug types, narcotics use is easier to be detected by instant drug testing and screening tests. more
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