How to Properly Understand Drug Classifications

How to Properly Understand Drug Classifications

Have you ever heard a drug being mentioned as “Schedule II” or “Schedule III,” and do you know what these things mean?

To put it in layman’s terms, drug classifications are vital since this can enable doctors and their patients to fully understand a drug’s dangers against its benefits. This is immensely important and this can help you understand your prescribed medications.

The US Food and Drug Administration is the one responsible for determining the classification of any medication that’s being sold for medicinal purposes. This came from the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that was passed in 1938. It has been implemented for decades, and this act also determines which drugs can be approved for specific purposes.

Here at Mallard Lake Detox Center, we’re always doing our part when it comes to educating our readers and prospective patients. We’re hoping to see our country drug-free, and while it might sound impossible, it’s really not if we’re all going to do our part.

In the country, our drugs are classified into five schedules, and these are the following:

Schedule IThis has no recognized medical value and there are no protocols for safe use with a high potential for abuse. This might include heroin, most hallucinogenic drugs, some stimulants, and certain cannabis products.
Schedule IIThis has some medical value under certain conditions but it has a high potential abuse rate. Some of the most common examples are cocaine, amphetamine, certain narcotics, and barbiturates.
Schedule IIIThis has medical value but with a lower risk than the first two schedules. This includes anabolic steroids, testosterone, and more.
Schedule IVThis has accepted medical value and it also has a lower potential for abuse. This includes benzodiazepines, phenobarbital, chloral hydrate, and more.
Schedule VThis has a low risk of abuse and has an accepted medical use. This may include some cough medicines, anticonvulsant medications, and even medications with a small amount of opium.

Once we understand these drug classifications, this might give us a better grasp of which ones to take and which ones to stay away from. Still, it’s best to ask for our doctor’s prescription or advice if you’ve been prescribed any of the drugs above.

It’s never easy to get addicted to drugs, but we can help you recover here at Mallard Lake Detox Center – that’s for sure.

So what are you waiting for? What’s stopping you from living a sober life?

Call us today at Mallard Lake Detox Center for more information.

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