It is a lot less potent than others, but make no mistake, it IS
an opiate. Many, many doctors are ignorant of this because it is
scheduled drug in most states, although as nursegirl replies, many states are starting to schedule the drug. It IS addictive and don't ever let a doctor tell you otherwise. The pharmaceutical reps tell them its a great alternative to "narcotics" and the doctors like to write the script because it is not a controlled substance. But, is should be.