As per the law of Virginia, controlled substances or drugs are classified into six different categories called ’schedules’. The schedules of the drug are defined by their potential of abuse, the risk of dependency, and their use in the medical industry.
Schedule 1 – Virginia Controlled Substances
According to the law code of Virginia §54.1-3445, Schedule 1 drugs have the highest potential for misuse and are not suitable for medical use, which is why their usage is not accepted for medical purposes. Controlled substances that are categorized as schedule 1 drugs, as per the law of Virginia, include the following but are not limited to:
Schedule 2 – Virginia Controlled Substances
As per the law in Virginia, Schedule 2 drugs can be used for medical purposes but they also have a potential for misuse as it could lead to severe physical and mental dependence – according to the Virginia law code §54.1-3447. Controlled substances that are categorized as Schedule 2 drugs, as per the law of Virginia, include the following but are not limited to:
- Raw opium
- Opium extracts
- Opium fluid extracts
- Powdered opium
- Granulated opium
- Tincture of opium
- Etorphine hydrochloride
Schedule 3 – Virginia Controlled Substances
As per the law of Virginia, drugs that are classified as Schedule 3 do not have much potential for abuse compared to the Schedule 1 and 2 drugs. Abuse of such drugs could lead to a high mental dependence or low physical dependence. In addition to that, these drugs can be used for medical purposes as well. Controlled substances that are categorized as Schedule 3 drugs, as per the law of Virginia, include the following but are a not limited to:
- Anabolic Steroids
- Lysergic acid
- Lysergic acid amide
Schedule 4 – Virginia Controlled Substances
According to the law code §54.1-3453, Schedule 4 drugs are less harmful than Schedule 3 and has limited mental and physical dependence. In addition to that, they are accepted for medical use by the State of Virginia.
- Codeine (less than 200 mg)
- Dihydrocodeine (less than 100 mg)
- ethylmorphine (less than 100 mg)
- diphenoxylate (less than 2.5 mg)
- difenoxin (less than 0.5 mg)
Schedule 5 – Virginia Controlled Substance
Drugs that are classified as Schedule 5 are less harmful than schedule 4 and have limited mental and physical dependence. Common examples include codeine-based cough syrups and other prescription drugs.
Schedule 6 – Virginia Controlled Substances
Drugs that are classified as Schedule 6 are prescription drugs and are practically harmless.