METHOD OF DRUG USE Smoking Snorting Orally (Eating) Injection Absorption
5 DIFFERENT SCHEDULES OR CATEGORIES Ranked by: 1) Drug’s accepted medical use 2) Abuse and dependency potential Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most dangerous High potential for abuse and severe psychological and or physical dependence
SCHEDULE I No currently accepted medical use with a high potential for abuse. They are considered the most dangerous drugs with severe psychological or physical dependence Heroin LSD Marijuana Ecstasy Meth Peyote
WHY IS MARIJUANA A SCHEDULE I DRUG? Marijuana is a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act passed by the Congress in 1970.
SCHEDULE II Substances with high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I. Cocaine Meth OxyContin Adderall Ritalin Demerol
SCHEDULE III Substances with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Vicodin Ketamine Steroids Testosterone
SCHEDULE IV Substances with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Xanax Valium Ambien
SCHEDULE V Substances with a lower potential for abuse and consist of limited quantities of certain drugs. Robitussin, Lyrica Antidiarrheal medicines
WHAT ARE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS? Any medicine that is available only with a written prescription from the doctor. Regulated by FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation & Research It is safe only when it is used correctly according to the instructions
WHAT IS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE? Taking a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else or in a manner/dosage other than what was prescribed. Can be dangerous or fatal.
WHY ARE THEY ABUSED? Treat pain Get high Help with studying Any other reason, other than the reason for the prescription
HOW PEOPLE ACCESS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS Take friend/family’s prescription Get a false prescription from doctor Buy prescription drugs Internet pharmacies
FACTS Every day in the US, an average of 2,000 teens use prescription drugs without doctor’s guidance for the first time Painkillers are one of the most commonly abused drugs by teens after tobacco, alcohol & marijuana Overdosing on prescription pain meds accounted for 95% of all accidental poisoning deaths in 2007
LEGAL CONSEQUENCES It is illegal to: Possess meds that weren’t prescribed to you by a Dr. Selling/giving drugs to others Buying from an internet pharmacy Storing meds outside of a labeled prescription bottle
LEGAL CONSEQUENCES—DRUG TRAFFICKING Schedule IV (Xanax, Valium) First Offense—Up to 3 years in prison and $250,000 fine Second Offense—Up to 6 years in prison and fine up to $500,000 Schedule II (Vicodin, Oxycontin, Ritalin) First Offense—Up to 20 years in prisonm or 20 years- life if serious injury resulted. Fine up to 1 million dollars Second Offense—Up to 30 years in prison, or life sentence if death or serious injury resulted. Fine up to $2 million dollars