Drug Schedules 1-5

5 Scheduled Drug Categories Defined

Schedule I – The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse, and has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US.

Schedule II – The drug of other substance has a high potential for abuse, and has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.  Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Schedule III - The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less 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.

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.

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 substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.

What Drugs are in Each Category?

Schedule I Drugs: Examples include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.

Schedule II Drugs: Examples include products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.

Schedule III Drugs:  Examples include products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.

Schedule IV Drugs: Examples include Fenfluramine, Lorcaserin, Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, and Tramadol.

Schedule V Drugs: Examples include cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, and Parepectolin.

For a complete list of drugs by schedule go to: https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml