North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 90. Medicine and Allied Occupations § 90-87. Definitions




As used in this Article:

(1) “Administer” means the direct application of a controlled substance, whether by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or any other means to the body of a patient or research subject by:

a. A practitioner (or, in his presence, by his authorized agent), or

b. The patient or research subject at the direction and in the presence of the practitioner.

(2) “Agent” means an authorized person who acts on behalf of or at the direction of a manufacturer, distributor, or dispenser but does not include a common or contract carrier, public warehouseman, or employee thereof.

(3) “Bureau” means the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, United States Department of Justice or its successor agency.

(3a) “Commission” means the Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services established under Part 4 of Article 3 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes.

(4) “Control” means to add, remove, or change the placement of a drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in Schedules I through VI of this Article.

(5) “Controlled substance” means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in Schedules I through VI of this Article.

(5a) “Controlled substance analogue” means a substance (i) the chemical structure of which is substantially similar to the chemical structure of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II;  (ii) which has a stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system that is substantially similar to or greater than the stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II;  or (iii) with respect to a particular person, which such person represents or intends to have a stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system that is substantially similar to or greater than the stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system of a controlled substance in Schedule I or II;  and does not include (i) a controlled substance;  (ii) any substance for which there is an approved new drug application;  (iii) with respect to a particular person any substance, if an exemption is in effect for investigational use, for that person, under § 355 of Title 21 of the United States Code to the extent conduct with respect to such substance is pursuant to such exemption;  or (iv) any substance to the extent not intended for human consumption before such an exemption takes effect with respect to that substance.  The designation of gamma butyrolactone or any other chemical as a listed chemical pursuant to subdivision 802(34) or 802(35) of Title 21 of the United States Code does not preclude a finding pursuant to this subdivision that the chemical is a controlled substance analogue.

(6) “Counterfeit controlled substance” means:

a. A controlled substance which, or the container or labeling of which, without authorization, bears the trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark, imprint, number, or device, or any likeness thereof, of a manufacturer, distributor, or dispenser other than the person or persons who in fact manufactured, distributed, or dispensed such substance and which thereby falsely purports, or is represented to be the product of, or to have been distributed by, such other manufacturer, distributor, or dispenser;  or

b. Any substance which is by any means intentionally represented as a controlled substance.  It is evidence that the substance has been intentionally misrepresented as a controlled substance if the following factors are established:

1. The substance was packaged or delivered in a manner normally used for the illegal delivery of controlled substances.

2. Money or other valuable property has been exchanged or requested for the substance, and the amount of that consideration was substantially in excess of the reasonable value of the substance.

3. The physical appearance of the tablets, capsules or other finished product containing the substance is substantially identical to a specified controlled substance.

(7) “Deliver” or “delivery” means the actual constructive, or attempted transfer from one person to another of a controlled substance, whether or not there is an agency relationship.

(8) “Dispense” means to deliver a controlled substance to an ultimate user or research subject by or pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner, including the prescribing, administering, packaging, labeling, or compounding necessary to prepare the substance for that delivery.

(9) “Dispenser” means a practitioner who dispenses.

(10) “Distribute” means to deliver other than by administering or dispensing a controlled substance.

(11) “Distributor” means a person who distributes.

(12) “Drug” means a. substances recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, or official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them;  b. substances intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals;  c. substances (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals;  and d. substances intended for use as a component of any article specified in a, b, or c of this subdivision;  but does not include devices or their components, parts, or accessories.

(13) “Drug dependent person” means a person who is using a controlled substance and who is in a state of psychic or physical dependence, or both, arising from use of that controlled substance on a continuous basis.  Drug dependence is characterized by behavioral and other responses which include a strong compulsion to take the substance on a continuous basis in order to experience its psychic effects, or to avoid the discomfort of its absence.

(14) “Immediate precursor” means a substance which the Commission has found to be and by regulation designates as being the principal compound commonly used or produced primarily for use, and which is an immediate chemical intermediary used or likely to be used in the manufacture of a controlled substance, the control of which is necessary to prevent, curtail, or limit such manufacture.

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(14a) The term “isomer” means, except as used in G.S. 90-87(17)(d) , G.S. 90-89(c) , G.S. 90-90(1) d., and G.S. 90-95(h)(3) , the optical isomer.  As used in G.S. 90-89(c) the term “isomer” means the optical, position, or geometric isomer.  As used in G.S. 90-87(17)(d) , G.S. 90-90(1) d., and G.S. 90-95(h)(3) the term “isomer” means the optical isomer or diastereoisomer.

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(14a) The term “isomer” means any type of isomer, including structural, geometric, or optical isomers, and stereoisomers.

(15) “Manufacture” means the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion, or processing of a controlled substance by any means, whether directly or indirectly, artificially or naturally, or by extraction from substances of a natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis;  and “manufacture” further includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container except that this term does not include the preparation or compounding of a controlled substance by an individual for his own use or the preparation, compounding, packaging, or labeling of a controlled substance:

a. By a practitioner as an incident to his administering or dispensing of a controlled substance in the course of his professional practice, or

b. By a practitioner, or by his authorized agent under his supervision, for the purpose of, or as an incident to research, teaching, or chemical analysis and not for sale.

(16) “Marijuana” means all parts of the plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not;  the seeds thereof;  the resin extracted from any part of such plant;  and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin, but shall not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.  The term does not include industrial hemp as defined in G.S. 106-568.51 , when the industrial hemp is produced and used in compliance with rules issued by the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission.

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(17) “Narcotic drug” means any of the following, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of vegetable origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis:

a. Opium and opiate, and any salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium or opiate.

b. Any salt, compound, isomer, derivative, or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of the substances referred to in clause a, but not including the isoquinoline alkaloids of opium.

c. Opium poppy and poppy straw.

d. Cocaine and any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative, or preparation thereof, or coca leaves and any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative or preparation of coca leaves, or any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative, or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of these substances, except that the substances shall not include decocanized coca leaves or extraction of coca leaves, which extractions do not contain cocaine or ecgonine.

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(17) “Narcotic drug” means any of the following, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of vegetable origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis:

a. Opium, opiate and opioid, and any salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of opium, opiate, or opioid.

b. Any salt, compound, isomer, derivative, or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of the substances referred to in clause a, but not including the isoquinoline alkaloids of opium.

c. Opium poppy and poppy straw.

d. Cocaine and any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative, or preparation thereof, or coca leaves and any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative or preparation of coca leaves, or any salt, isomer, salts of isomers, compound, derivative, or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of these substances, except that the substances shall not include decocanized coca leaves or extraction of coca leaves, which extractions do not contain cocaine or ecgonine.

(18) “Opiate” means any substance having an addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability similar to morphine or being capable of conversion into a drug having addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability.  It does not include, unless specifically designated as controlled under G.S. 90-88 , the dextrorotatory isomer of 3-methoxy-n-methyl-morphinan and its salts (dextromethorphan).  It does include its racemic and levorotatory forms.

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(18a) “Opioid” means any synthetic narcotic drug having opiate-like activities but is not derived from opium.

(19) “Opium poppy” means the plant of the species Papaver somniferum L., except its seeds.

(20) “Person” means individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity.

(21) “Poppy straw” means all parts, except the seeds, of the opium poppy, after mowing.

(22) “Practitioner” means:

a. A physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, scientific investigator, or other person licensed, registered or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to or to administer a controlled substance so long as such activity is within the normal course of professional practice or research in this State.

b. A pharmacy, hospital or other institution licensed, registered, or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to or to administer a controlled substance so long as such activity is within the normal course of professional practice or research in this State.

(23) “Prescription” means:

a. A written order or other order which is promptly reduced to writing for a controlled substance as defined in this Article, or for a preparation, combination, or mixture thereof, issued by a practitioner who is licensed in this State to administer or prescribe drugs in the course of his professional practice;  or issued by a practitioner serving on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or the United States Veterans Administration who is licensed in this or another state or Puerto Rico, provided the order is written for the benefit of eligible beneficiaries of armed services medical care;  a prescription does not include an order entered in a chart or other medical record of a patient by a practitioner for the administration of a drug;  or

b. A drug or preparation, or combination, or mixture thereof furnished pursuant to a prescription order.

(24) “Production” includes the manufacture, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting of a controlled substance.

(25) “Registrant” means a person registered by the Commission to manufacture, distribute, or dispense any controlled substance as required by this Article.

(26) “State” means the State of North Carolina.

(26a) “Targeted controlled substance” means any controlled substance included in G.S. 90-90(1) or (2) or G.S. 90-91(d) .

(27) “Ultimate user” means a person who lawfully possesses a controlled substance for his own use, or for the use of a member of his household, or for administration to an animal owned by him or by a member of his household.





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