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List of Drug Schedules

The following is excerpts from and an adaptation of the list of drug schedules in Pennsylvania:

Schedule I – Substances that have been found to have a high potential for abuse; no currently accepted medical use in the United States; and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The following controlled substances are an example of some of the controlled substances in this schedule: Heroin, Mescaline, Peyote and Marihuana.

List of Drug SchedulesSchedule II – Substances that have been found to have a high potential for abuse; currently accepted medical use in the United States; or currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions and abuse may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence. The following controlled substances are an example of some of the controlled substances in this schedule: cocaine, methamphetamines (meth), methadone, opium and opiates.

Schedule III – Substances that have been found to have a potential for abuse less than the substances listed in Schedules I and II; well documented and currently accepted medical use in the United States; and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence. The following controlled substances are an example of some of the controlled substances in this schedule: Lysergic acid (LSD), anabolic steroids, codeine and hydrocodone with aspirin.

Schedule IV – Substances that have been found to have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III; currently accepted medical use in the United States; and limited physical or psychological dependence liability relative to the substances listed in Schedule III. The following controlled substances are an example of some of the controlled substances in this schedule: Many common prescription medications are included in this schedule including Valium and Xanax.

Schedule V – Substances that have been found to have low potential for abuse relative to the substances listed in Schedule IV; currently accepted medical use in the United States; and limited physical dependence or psychological dependence liability relative to the substances listed in Schedule IV. The following controlled substances are an example of some of the controlled substances in this schedule: medications with very small amounts of codeine or opium.


Drug Offenses In Detail

Criminal Sale of a Controlled SubstanceConspiracy to Commit a Drug CrimeMarijuana CultivationList of Drug SchedulesDrug PossessionNarcotics Investigations


The above listed information does not include the entire crimes code, annotations, amendments or any recent changes that may be relevant.  The information provided is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments.  These materials are not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances.  Please contact DiCindio Law for a consultation and to discuss what law is relevant to your case.

Mike DiCindio is a criminal defense lawyer who represents individuals accused of crimes throughout all of Chester County, including West Chester, Phoenixville, Malvern, Coatesville, Paoli, Downingtown, Tredyffrin, West Goshen, Honey Brook, Oxford, Devon, Pottstown, Chesterbrook, Parkesburg, Kennett Square, and Avondale as well as in Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County and Berks County.

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