Drug Schedules

What are drug schedules?

A “schedule” is the name of specific groups of drugs, based on key factors like risk of addiction, abuse, and whether or not the substance has any legitimate medical use. The Federal system has a schedule system, Tennessee has adopted the system, but has made some key adjustments. The biggest difference is that the Federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. According to the DEA Website, a schedule I drug, substance, or chemical is defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Below is a list of all seven schedules in Tennessee.

Schedule I:

Are substances that have ha high potential for abuse and addiction and has no accepted medical use. Drugs that fall under this schedule are considered to be the most dangerous. This schedule includes heroin and psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms. The full list of substances in the schedule can be found here, T.C.A. § 39-17-406.

Schedule II:

These substances have a high potential for abuse, have an accepted medical use in treatment, but use of these substances may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence. This schedule includes opiates, methamphetamine, and cocaine. The full list of substances in the schedule can be found here, T.C.A. § 39-17-408.

Schedule III:

These substances are less dangerous than schedule I and II, but they still have a risk of abuse. The substances have an accepted medical use, the risk of physical dependence is low, but the risk psychological dependence is high. This schedule includes depressants, testosterone, and steroids. The full list of substances in the schedule can be found here. T.C.A. § 39-17-410.

Schedule IV:

This schedule contains substances with numerous legitimate medical uses, and is made up almost entirely of prescription drugs. These substances have a lower risk of abuse compared to schedule III, but may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence. This schedule contains Xanax (Alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Valium (diazepam). The full list of substances in the schedule can be found here, T.C.A. § 39-17-412.

Schedule V

These substances have a low potential for abuse compared to schedule IV substances, they have accepted medical use, and a limited physical dependence or psychological dependence. This schedule includes cough syrup with codeine. The full list of substances in the schedule can be found here, T.C.A. § 39-17-414.

ScheduleVI

The schedule was created specifically to include marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinols, or more specifically, any substance containing THC. There is a debate about the medical usefulness of marijuana (at least between government entities, which we all know are so competent). he full list of substances in the schedule can be found here, T.C.A. § 39-17-415.

Schedule VII

This schedule was stablished for a single substance, Butyl nitrite, T.C.A. § 39-17-416.

If you are facing drug charges of any kind in the Middle Tennessee area, you need a defense attorney with a deep understanding of Tennessee drug laws. Every case has its own set of issues and potential defenses. With every drug case, The Law Offices of Lords and Cate conducts a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest or citation in order to develop the most effective defense possible. There are many questions that need to be answered with every drug case, such as; was the stop illegal? Can the stop and all the evidence be suppressed? Does the client want assistance in breaking their drug addiction and get treatment.

Drug cases are tricky in the sense that sometimes the goal isn’t to just fight the charge, sometimes people want to fight the addiction in order to live a healthy life. This is why it is so important that you hire a defense attorney who will pay attention to what your goal is. Contact the Law Office of Lords and Cate and get not only a defense attorney, but an entire defense team.