Drug Schedules: What Is a Schedule V Substance?

In the 1970s, the Controlled Substances Act became law. Over the last several decades, there have been several amendments to the CSA. The point, at the time, was to schedule drugs according to medical use and potential for abuse.

There are five schedules, with Schedule I being the most serious and Schedule V being the least. The major difference between Schedule I and the other four schedules is that the government does not recognize medical use for Schedule I substances. Schedule V substances are said to have the least chance of addiction. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily mean that the penalties or criminal charges will be lesser than what you’d find with other substances.

Schedule V Substances

Schedule V substances do have a medical use. They have the least likely to harm those who use them and do not have a serious chance of addiction or dependency. Some of these drugs may include Lomotil, Lyrica, Parepectolin, Lomotil, and Robitussin AC.

Possession of a Schedule V Drug

If you have a Schedule V drug in your possession, then you could face charges for it. However, this is only under certain circumstances. For instance, you cannot have a prescription for it, you must know that you are in control of an illegal drug. This could mean that you intended to use or control a drug that you had no legal right to or that you had drugs in your home, car or on your person. When you have a valid prescription, you do not face drug possession charges.

Sales of a Schedule V Drug

Now, regardless of whether or not you have a prescription for the drug, you can never sell the drugs to another person. For instance, if you have a prescription for Lyrica and decide to sell the pills to a friend of yours, then you could face even tougher charges than you would if you were charged with possession. If you sold drugs or intended to sell drugs, you could face around an $1,000 fine or you could end up spending one year in prison.

When it comes to drug possession or intent to sell a scheduled drug, you do have to take the charges seriously. You could face serious fines or jail time, even if you had a schedule V drug. For help with your drug charges, contact and consult with a lawyer, like a drug lawyer from the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright as soon as possible.