Take two shots of whiskey and call me in the morning.
Opioid medication is a controlled substance because of its abuse potential. It requires a separate, more rigorous prescription pad to be dispensed and many regulations apply. The count is checked and double checked to ensure that everything is always accounted for.
During the prohibition, liquor graduated to the same class of controlled substances. Used for “medicinal purposes,” it became one of the few legal ways you could have alcohol in your home. The price for the privilege? 6 to 7 dollars in the 1920s, or roughly 70-80 dollars today when adjusted for inflation.