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An overview of federal drug schedules

| Jun 7, 2021 | Drug Charges |

Sometimes we get mixed up with the wrong crowd or end up in a difficult situation. Some of these situations involve the use, production or distribution of illegal drugs. Federal law identifies five classes of controlled substances and the penalties you will face for drug crimes depends in part on what class the controlled substance belongs to. The following is an overview of federal drug scheduling.

Schedule I drugs

Schedule I drugs are defined as those have no current acceptable medical use and have a high potential for abuse. Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are some examples of Schedule I drugs. It is important to note that, unlike many state laws, federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

Schedule II drugs

Schedule II drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse and could lead to serious physical or psychological addiction. Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine Dilaudid and OxyContin are all examples of Schedule II drugs.

Schedule III drugs

Schedule III drugs are those that have a moderate to low potential for addiction, either physically or psychologically. The potential for abuse is lower than Schedule I or Schedule II substances but greater than Schedule IV substances. Tylenol with codeine, ketamine and anabolic steroids are all examples of Schedule III drugs.

Schedule IV drugs

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

Schedule V drugs

Schedule V drugs are those that have a lower chance for abuse than Schedule IV drugs and have a specific limited quantity of certain narcotics. Robitussin AC and Parepectolin are two examples of Schedule V drugs.

Learn more about drug crimes in Indiana

Drug crimes involving Schedule I drugs are more serious than drug crimes involving Schedule II drugs, etc. It is important to understand federal drug scheduling so if you are charged with a drug crime you can formulate a strong defense. Our firm’s webpage on drug crimes may be useful to those interested in learning more about this topic.