A Quick Guide: Licit vs. Illicit Drugs

A Quick Guide: Licit vs. Illicit Drugs

 Monday, June 22, 2020 |  Views:4,658 |  Posted by: Michelle Volk |  Reading Time: 1 Minute |  Article Tags: 

The word ‘drug’ covers a variety of substances. Unlike food, which provides nutrients, a drug changes a person’s body and/or mind, when consumed. Drugs can be divided into two categories: licit and illicit. Below is a quick guide in the difference between these two terms.

Licit Drugs

Licit drugs are legal. Whether a drug is licit or not depends on where and when you are. In today’s America, you can use licit drugs in the form of:

  • Medication prescribed by a physician.
  • Over-the-counter medicine that is to be used as directed by the packaging.
  • Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine are also considered licit drugs.

Illicit Drugs

Illicit drugs are not legal. Whether a drug is illicit or not also depends on where and when you are. Currently, you cannot, by law, use illicit drugs because they are a danger to a person’s health. Illicit drugs include:

  • Improperly used medication.
  • Misusing a product, such as glue, to achieve a high.
  • Some examples of illicit drugs are: heroin, mushrooms, and cocaine.

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Michelle Volk