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Understanding How Drugs Are Scheduled By The DEA

September 2012---Understanding How Drugs Are Scheduled By The DEA

When a drug is outlawed by the DEA, it is placed into 1 of 5 schedules or classifications. If you read what the requirements are to be placed into certain categories, you can see sources of debate on particular drugs.

People argue some drugs should be placed in a lower schedule and some drugs in a higher schedule.

SCHEDULE 1
1. The drug has a high potential for abuse.
2. The drug has NO currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

3.There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances, and such substances are subject to production quotas by the DEA.

Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug. As you can see, states with medicinal marijuana laws are in direct violation of federal law. This is many times "overlooked" by federal authorities but creates great tension between state governments and the federal government.

SCHEDULE II

1. The drug has a high potential for abuse
2. The drug HAS currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, or currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions
3. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

No prescription for a controlled substance in schedule II may be refilled.

Cocaine is in this category as it DOES have an accepted medical use in surgery.

SCHEDULE III

1. The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II.

2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

3. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

Popular drugs in this category----Vicodin--Anabolic Steroids

Great source of debate here. Vicodin is heavily abused and highly addictive for many people.

SCHEDULE IV

1. The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III
2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
3. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III

Popular drugs in this category---- Xanax----Valium--Ambien

Another debate here. Most of this drugs are benzodiazepines.....which have proven themselves highly addictive.

SCHEDULE V

1. The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV
2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
3. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.

Popular drugs in this category---Codeine--Lyrica

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