Drug Crimes

Schedule of Drugs:

After the factors are considered, the drug is categorized into one of five schedules. Id. The schedules have the following characteristics.

  • Schedule I
    • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
    • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
    • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
    • Examples of Schedule I substances include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana, and methaqualone.
  • Schedule II
    • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
    • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
    • Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
    • Examples of Schedule II substances include morphine, phencyclidine (PCP), cocaine, methadone, and methamphetamine.
  • Schedule III
    • The drug or other substance has less potential for abuse than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II.
    • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
    • Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
    • Anabolic steroids, codeine and hydrocodone with aspirin or Tylenol?, and some barbiturates are examples of Schedule III substances.
  • Schedule IV
    • The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.
    • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
    • Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.
    • Examples of drugs included in schedule IV are Darvon?, Talwin?, Equanil?, Valium?, and Xanax?.
  • Schedule V
    • The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule IV.
    • The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
    • Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule IV.
    • Cough medicines with codeine are examples of Schedule V drugs. Id.