Under the Controlled Substances Act, any prescription drug that is considered to be at risk of abuse is listed in a drug schedule. These schedules are numbered one to five, with Schedule I drugs considered to have the greatest risk of abuse and least legitimate medical use. As the numbers go up, there is a better ratio of legitimate medical use to potential addiction. Prescription drug addiction rehab is designed to help people who have become dependent on these substances. Drug treatment specialists work closely with patients to devise a rehab program that will best suit each person’s individual needs.
The only prescription drug in Schedule I is methaqualone, which is no longer prescribed in the United States. Schedule II contains many of the most commonly prescribed pain and ADHD drugs, however — oxycodone, Ritalin, Adderall, Demerol, Dexadrine, Fentanyl and Vicodin among them.
Drugs that have 90mg or less of codeine per dosage, such as Tylenol with codeine, fall into Schedule III. Many of the common depressants are found in Schedule IV, such as Valium, Xanax and Darvocet. And cough medicines with less than 200mg of codeine are in Schedule V.
If you or someone you love is in need of prescription drug addiction rehab, call a professional treatment center for help.
What Are the Different Categories of Prescription Drugs?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies prescription drugs into schedules or groupings based on if the drug has medical purposes and the addictiveness of the drug. Schedule I drugs have no known medical purpose and are highly addictive. Examples of Schedule I drugs include cocaine and heroin. Schedule II drugs have a medical purpose, but are still highly addictive and include prescription drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl. Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are also Schedule II substances. Tranquilizers and other anti-anxiety medications are Schedule IV substances, meaning they are less addictive than Schedule I, II and III drugs.
Treatment medications are available at professional prescription drug addiction rehab facilities to help a person overcome cravings and/or withdrawal symptoms to prescription drug addiction. For example, medications like Suboxone and methadone are used to help a person conquer addiction to opioid painkillers.
Learn more about the detox and addiction therapy programs offered by prescription drug addiction rehab centers by speaking to an experienced professional today.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.