How are drugs categorized in Las Vegas?

In the state of Nevada, narcotics and controlled substances are classified under five different drug schedules. The Nevada drug schedules are based upon such factors as the drugs’ potential for abuse, medical use and acceptance, and the effects of abuse.

Schedule I Drugs
Schedule I drugs are substances that have been determined to have:

  1. A high potential for abuse
  2. No accepted use for medical treatment in the United States or are unsafe for use in treatment

Common Schedule I substances include:

Schedule II Drugs

Schedule II drugs are substances that have been found to:

  1. Have a high potential for abuse
  2. Have accepted use for medical treatment or accepted use for medical treatment with severe restrictions
  3. Lead to severe physical or psychological dependence if abused

Schedule II substances include:

  1. Cocaine
  2. Codeine
  3. Hydrocodone
  4. Morphine
  5. Oxycodone
  6. Methadone
  7. Opium
  8. Barbiturates
  9. Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

Schedule III Drugs

Schedule III drugs are substances that have been found to:

  1. Have less potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs
  2. Have a currently accepted use for medical treatment
  3. Lead to moderate or low physical or psychological dependence if abused

Common Schedule III drugs include:

  • Anabolic steroids
  • Ketamine
  • Nalorphine
  • Testosterone
  • Synthetic Dronabinol

Schedule IV Drugs

Schedule IV drugs are substances that have been found to:

  1. Have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs
  2. Have a currently accepted use for medical treatment
  3. Cause limited physical or psychological dependence if abused

Schedule IV Drugs include:

  • Ambien
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Rohypnol
  • Clonazepam
  • Tranquilizers
  • Sedatives

Schedule V Drugs

Schedule V drugs are substances that are found to:

  1. Have less potential for abuse than Schedule IV drugs
  2. Have an accepted use for medical treatment
  3. Cause limited physical or psychological dependence relative to Schedule IV drugs

Common Schedule V drugs include:

  • Substances with small amounts of codeine, such as cough suppressants
  • Substances with small amounts of dihydrocodeine
  • Substances with small amounts of opium
  • Substances with small amounts of difenoxin
  • Substances with small amounts of ethylmorphine

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