In dealing with drug addiction, there is a drug classification system which is based on the potential for abuse.

The Following are Drug Type Classification Categories:

  • Schedule I  -- Drugs that have no medical use, are highly addictive, and have the potential to cause psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, LSD, and marijuana
  • Schedule II -- Drugs with a high potential for abuse, but less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs. This can still lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are: cocaine, methamphetamine, and Oxycontin.
  • Schedule III-- Drugs that have a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are hydrocodone, codeine, and ketamine
  • Schedule IV-- Drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are: Xanax, Soma, Valium, and Ambien
  • Schedule V --  Drugs with an even lower abuse potential than Schedule IV. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are: Robitussin, Motofen, and Lyrica.

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