A controlled substance is any narcotic or drug that the federal government regulates. These include both illegal drugs and prescription medications. The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, The Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are governing agencies that assist perscribers with obtaining regulations, rules and laws regarding controlled substances.
Georgia Drug Schedules
In order to keep track of these controlled substances, the government has divided them into classifications or schedules. Each substance is assigned a schedule based on its known medical use and the likelihood that a person would abuse or become dependent.
Below is a list of each of the five drug schedules and a few examples of substances that are classified in each.
- Schedule I: Drugs with the highest potential for abuse and dependency, with no recognized medical use. These include LSD, heroin and marijuana.
- Schedule II: These drugs have a high potential for abuse or dependency. Fentanyl, Adderall, cocaine, and methamphetamine are included.
- Schedule III: These drugs have a moderate to low risk of abuse or dependence. Substances with less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dose, anabolic steroids and ketamine are Schedule III drugs.
- Schedule IV: Drugs in this schedule have a low potential for abuse or dependence. Xanax, Ambien, Tramadol and Ativan are included.
- Schedule V: The lowest drug schedule, these substances are the least likely to result in abuse or dependence. Cough medicines with less than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters are Schedule V drugs.
Penalties and Aggressive Drug Crime Defense
Unlawful possession of Schedule I narcotics, Schedule II narcotics and Schedule II non-narcotic is considered a felony, punishable by 2 to 30 years prison sentence. Unlawful sale and distribution of Schedule I or Schedule II is a felony and is punishable by 1 to 30 years incarceration.
If you are arrested and charged with a drug crime in Georgia, the penalties that will result from a conviction are dependent upon the schedule in which the drug falls. The state of Georgia offers a rehabilitation program for first-time drug offenders to those who meet the requirements for the program. You need to contact an experienced drug crime attorney to discuss your options. It is important to understand that Georgia takes all drug crimes very seriously and that the punishments associated with a conviction can have lifelong consequences. Our law practice has decades of experience fighting various types of drug crimes in the state of Georgia. Call Kohn & Yager, LLC. to speak with one of our lawyers about your case, we offer FREE virtual consultations via phone or video. Call (404)567-5515.
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