Today’s adventure is going to begin our exploration of the deep topic of drugs and addiction. This particular topic can be very difficult for some usually due to personal experiences. I want nothing more than you help educate you on the many types of drugs and they’re effects on the body over the next few posts. So let’s get started.
There are many definitions for the word drug but the definition we will be using is a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body. There are five main schedules for drugs according to the DEA. They are as follows……
- Schedule 1: drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, marijuana, etc.
- Schedule 2: drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence such as Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, etc.
- Schedule 3: drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence such as Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone, etc.
- Schedule 4: drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence such as Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, etc.
- Schedule 5: drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics such as Robitussin AC, Lomotil, Motofen, etc.
Now each scheduled drug falls under a specific category of drugs. Those categories are hallucinogens, narcotics, stimulants, depressants, and drugs of concern. These categories will be covered in-depth the next few posts so stay tuned!