Drug Schedules - Legend Drugs Introduction As Part Of Addiction Rehab

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What are legend drugs The name Legend Drugs is a common name for several drugs which have addictive potential and are health hazardous if abused. While many people are familiar with the term "legend drugs," there are some who may be wondering what they are.

If you are one who is not sure of what a legend drug is, you might be thinking they are drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth or another well-known abusive substance. After all, those are the most infamous ones. They have been a part of American culture for decades, found in stories of celebrities, musicians and also appearing in the news headlines. But no, those big name drugs are not the ones known as legend drugs.

To break it down, it helps to understand the controlled-substance schedules here in the United States. The schedules are really classifications for all types of drugs and the level of punishment for possessing or selling them.
Schedule I is the first classification of illegal drugs. Drugs in this category are known to have no accepted medical use and a high potential of abuse. It is in this category that the infamous drugs are located, such as marijuana, and heroin, to name two. These drugs are considered highly dangerous and can pose the potential for severe psychological or physical dependence.

All but Schedule I drugs are considered legend drugs. This means that schedule II through V are legend drugs.

Schedule II drugs, in a nutshell, still have a high potential for abuse, although less than schedule I drugs. They are still considered dangerous and include drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.

Schedule III drugs pose a moderate to low potential for any kind of dependence. Continuing down the line, Schedule IV drugs are even less apt to cause addiction, but are still illegal to have without a prescription, if prescription is available, and can cause serious harm. Drugs in this class include ketamine, steroids, and testosterone among others.

Finally, schedule V drugs are considered to have a very low potential for dependence and contain only small amounts of narcotics. Examples of schedule V drugs are Lomotil, Motofen, and Lyrica. These drugs are generally used to treat diarrhea, as well as for analgesic purposes.

While possession of schedule I drugs can lead to extremely severe and life changing consequences, Legend drugs lead to a potentially less severe result. Some of the lower number schedule drugs under the legend drug category can have terrible consequences as well. Some may carry a sentence of a minimum of five years in prison. This may also carry a hard labor order, and a fine of up to $5,000 dollars.

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