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How are drugs categorized by Virginia law enforcement?

Currently, the drug Schedule in Virginia closely follows that of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Schedule I. This class of drugs has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Schedule I drugs don’t have an accepted medical use.  Examples: Heroin, ecstasy, LSD, GHB. While marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, penalties for possession of marijuana in Virginia are less severe than other Schedule I drugs.
  • Schedule II. Drugs in this class have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence but they do have a currently accepted medical use. Examples: PCP, cocaine, methadone and methamphetamine (meth), hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, Ritalin.  
  • Schedule III. These drugs have less potential for abuse than Schedule I drugs and the potential for dependence is moderate. There is also an accepted medical use for these drugs. Examples: anabolic steroids, codeine, ketamine, and various barbiturates and depressants.
  • Schedule IV. With less potential for abuse and dependency than Schedule I through III, these drugs are also accepted as a medical treatment. Examples: Valium, Xanax and other tranquilizers or sedatives.
  • Schedule V. These drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and addiction of all Scheduled drugs. They do have accepted medicinal uses. Examples: Cough medicines with codeine.
  • Schedule VI. Though not actually considered a “drug” these substances can be abused. Examples: Inhalants such as spray paint, amyl nitrite, and nitrous oxide. The majority of these inhalants are found in aerosol cans.

Have You Been Charged With Drug Possession in Virginia?

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