If you are charged with a federal drug crime it is important to know that the type of drug allegedly at issue can make a difference in what crime you are charged with, and the consequences should you be found guilty. Federal law divides controlled substances into five schedules. Schedule I drug crimes are generally treated more seriously than Schedule II drugs, etc. The following is an overview of federal drug schedules.
Schedule I drugs
Schedule I drugs are those that do not have a current acceptable medical use and have a high propensity for abuse. Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are three examples of Schedule I drugs. Note that marijuana is also a Schedule I drug under federal law.
Schedule II drugs
Schedule II drugs are those that do have an acceptable medical use but still have a high propensity for abuse and can be severely physically or psychologically addictive. Vicodin, cocaine and methamphetamine are all examples of Schedule II drugs.
Schedule III drugs
Schedule III drugs are those that are moderately physically or psychologically addictive. The potential for abuse of Schedule III drugs is less than that of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but greater than Schedule IV drugs. 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 of becoming addictive or abused. Xanax, Valium and Tramadol are all examples of Schedule IV drugs.
Schedule V drugs
Schedule V drugs are those that have a lower risk of abuse than Schedule IV drugs and have small amounts of certain narcotics. Robitussin AC, Lomotil and Parepectolin are all examples of Schedule V drugs.
Drug crimes in Georgia
Any federal drug charges need to be treated seriously as they could lead to years in prison and hefty fines. Our firm’s webpage on drug crimes in Georgia may be of interest to those who want to learn more about their rights and options.