Drug Classifications & Federal Schedules
Under federal law, the Controlled Substances Act classifies controlled
substances into groups, called schedules. The object of these schedules
is to group drugs into classifications based on whether or not the drug
has an accepted medical use and the potential for abuse. Schedules are
regulated and punished differently depending on possession, trafficking,
use, and sale crimes.
Federal Drug Schedules Include:
Schedule I: Drugs, such as ecstasy, heroin, and mushrooms, register for high-potential
of dependence. These drugs do not demonstrate a medical use, therefore
are considered illegal.
Schedule II: Drugs, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and morphine, are also considered high
risk for potential abuse and dependency, but unlike Schedule I drugs,
Schedule II have medical use.
Schedule III: Drugs, such as Marinol and steroids, are only considered a moderate risk
for potential abuse and dependence. These drugs have a medical use and
can be obtained with a prescription.
Schedule IV: Drugs, such as Ambien, Xanax, and Valium, are considered a limited risk
for potential dependency and low risk for potential abuse. It is possible
to obtain a prescription for these drugs.
Schedule V: Drugs, such as cough syrups and ezogabine, have the lowest risk for potential
abuse and dependency. These drugs have a medical use and are obtainable
The penalties for a convicted drug crime in Louisville depend on the Schedule
classification of the drug, the amount, and the charges. For questions
about your specific drug crime charges, contact our firm today.
How an Attorney Can Help
Though you could very well be facing a felony, a skilled lawyer may be
able to argue for a treatment or rehabilitation program instead of incarceration.
At The Simon Law Office, our Louisville drug crime defense attorney can
go to all lengths to ensure that your rights are fully defended. We have
a heavy focus on drug crimes, especially those regarding heroin, and we
are well-versed in building highly effective defenses for clients. You
do not have to go through this case alone - we are here to help.
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