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Is Ecstasy a Schedule 1 drug?

Ohio residents who educate themselves on the severity of potential punishments related to various drugs are better equipped to avoid high schedule drugs, and avoid getting into trouble. This article will describe various criminal substances and how they're classified by the federal government under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA)

President Richard Nixon approved the CSA in 1970. This law brought together previously existing drug laws under the umbrella of a single statute. The CSA seeks to regulate the distribution and creation of various kinds of controlled substances like narcotics, depressants, hallucinogens and stimulants. In doing so, it places various substances under five categories, referred to as "Schedules."

Schedule 1 drugs are the most likely to be abused, and they have the harshest criminal punishments associated with them. Schedule 5 drugs are the least likely to be abused and they have the softest criminal punishments associated with them.

Here are the classifications and the drugs included under them, from the least serious to most:

  • Schedule 5: Drugs least likely to be abused, like cough syrups and Lyrica.
  • Schedule 4: Prescription drugs used to treat psychological conditions and insomnia, like Ambien, Valium and Xanax.
  • Schedule 3: Higher level drugs to treat pain conditions and anabolic steroids. These include Marinol and Vicodin.
  • Schedule 2: These drugs include cocaine and morphine and have a higher propensity for abuse.
  • Schedule 1: These drugs include heroin and psychedelic drugs like marijuana, LSD and Ecstasy.

Were you accused of a federal drug crime?

Knowing the law and drug schedules can help Ohio residents avoid the potential consequences of being caught with an illegal substance. However, accidents do happen, and police may even accuse you of drug possession even when the facts do not support a charge. By speaking with a federal drug crimes defense lawyer, you can learn more about your legal rights and options, and how to defend against such charges if authorities accuse you.

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