Hi, Lisataylor -
Schedule I drugs are those that the DEA (in conjunction with the FDA) consider both highly addictive and to have no medical value - examples of such drugs are heroin, LSD, marijuana (despite medical marijuana laws in several states), crystal meth, cocaine/crack, etc. Codeine doesn't fall into this classification, since it obviously is widely prescribed and therefore deemed to have medical value. However, it's classification depends on the formulation. Codeine phosphate formulations are assigned to Schedule II, whereas drugs like Tylenol with Codeine #'s 2,3,&4 (15-, 30-, and 60 grains of codeine with 500 mg acetaminophen) are assigned to Schedule III. Various forms of cough suppressants containing codeine generally are assigned to Schedule V. Codeine is sort of an odd drug when it comes to how it is scheduled, since it pretty much ranges across the entire "medical value" spectrum, depending on its preparation/formulation.
Hope this helps.
this is strait from DEA website
- Schedule III
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are:
Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
- Codeine Information for Consumers
- Codeine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Codeine (detailed)
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