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New York Drug Addiction Treatment: The 5 Drug Schedules

Drugs, substances, and certain other chemicals that are used to make drugs are classified into five very distinct categories or schedules. The schedules depend on the drug’s acceptable medical uses and its abuse or dependency potential. The drug’s abuse rate is the determining factor in the scheduling of the drug. For example: Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous classification of drugs, with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependency – making them a top priority for New York drug addiction treatment programs.

As the drug schedule progresses, so does the potential for abuse. The higher on the schedule, then the lesser the potential there is for drug abuse. New York’s top drug and alcohol treatment centers explain the differences between the five drug schedules:

  • Schedule I:

Schedule I drugs, chemicals, and substances are categorized as drugs with no currently accepted medical use with a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules.  These drugs and substances have severe risks for psychological or physical dependence, so they are drugs that New York treatment centers work the hardest to fight against.

  • Schedule II:

Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals that are defined as having a very high potential for abuse but less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs. These drugs potentially lead to severe psychological and/or physical dependence. These drugs are considered dangerous, but offer medical uses.

  • Schedule III:

Schedule III drugs, substances, and chemicals are drugs with moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. The risk of dependence of Schedule III drugs is less than that of Schedules I and II, but more than Schedule IV.

  • Schedule IV:

Schedule IV drug and substances are defined as low potential for abuse and low risk of psychological dependence.

  • Schedule V:

Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.

A list of the more commonly used and prescribed drugs and their schedules can be found at Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling, in alphabetical order. The list includes the basic or “parent” chemical and does not always include the salts, isomers, and salt of isomers or other derivatives that can be classified as controlled substances. Treatment centers in New York urge that if you consult the CSA, that you understand that the list is intended for general reference and is not a comprehensive list of all controlled substances.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to heroin or prescription substances, visit your local New York drug abuse program today, to get help and take back your life. New York Treatment Alternative has over 25 years of experience in helping men and women break the bonds of addiction and regain their health and lives.

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