Narcotics Act Law and Legal Definition
The Narcotics Act refers to the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 enacted to regulate drug consumption.
The purpose of the act was to impose registration and record-keeping requirements on the production and sale of opiates and cocaine. According to the act, anyone who obtained specified drugs with a prescription given in good faith was allowed to possess them. The law specifically provided that manufacturers, importers, pharmacists, and physicians prescribing narcotics should be licensed to do so, at a moderate fee.