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A basic overview of federal drug schedules

| Feb 24, 2021 | Drug Crimes |

There are a wide variety of controlled substances under federal law, some more dangerous than others. For this reason, the federal government classifies controlled substances under “schedules” for the purposes of prosecuting drug crimes. The following is a brief overview of federal drug schedules.

Schedule I drugs

Schedule I drugs are those that have no acceptable medical use and have a high propensity for abuse. Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are all examples of Schedule I drugs. It is important to note that under federal law, marijuana is also a Schedule I drug.

Schedule II drugs

Schedule II drugs are those that have an acceptable medical use, but also have a high propensity for abuse and could lead to severe physical or psychological addiction. Vicodin, methamphetamine, OxyContin and fentanyl are all examples of Schedule II drugs.

Schedule III drugs

Schedule III drugs are those that have a moderate to low propensity for physical or psychological addiction. The potential for abuse of a Schedule III drugs is not as great as Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, but it is greater than the potential for abuse for Schedule IV drugs. Tylenol with codeine, ketamine and anabolic steroids are all examples of Schedule II drugs.

Schedule IV drugs

Schedule IV drugs are those that have a low risk for abuse and a low potential for addiction. Xanax, Valium and Tramadol are all examples of Schedule IV drugs.

Schedule V drugs

Schedule V drugs are those whose potential for abuse is less than Schedule IV drugs. Robitussin AC, Lyrica and Parepectolin are all examples of Schedule V drugs.

Learn more about drug crimes

Drug crimes involving Schedule I drugs will have more severe penalties than drug crimes involving Schedule II drugs, drug crimes involving Schedule II drugs will have more severe penalties than drug crimes involving Schedule III drugs and so on. Ultimately, though, all accusations of drug crimes should be taken seriously.

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