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Types of Drugs

There are legal drugs that you buy over the counter from a health professional. There are also illegal drugs that people buy off of the street. It is possible to have a addiction to both types.

Drug Type Overview

What are the types of drugs?

“A drug can be classified as illegal or legal, however the properties and effects of both illegal and legal drugs can be very similar. “

Some of the more common legal drugs include; alcohol, tobacco, and over the counter medications. Some of the more common illegal drugs include; cocaine; heroin and cannabis.

Classification of Drugs

The classification of drugs goes beyond just the illegal and legal ramifications. Drug classification dive into the differences between hard vs soft drugs.

The major differences between a hard drug and soft drug is the impact it has on your central nervous system. Your central nervous system impacts your stimulant alertness and mood while altering your frame of mind.

According to the DEA, drugs are classified into 5 different segments, referred to as schedules. The rate of abuse and the potential for dependence are the determining factors for which drug falls into what schedule. Schedule 1 drugs have the highest potential for addiction where as schedule 5 have the least. Here is a chart to highlight which drugs fall into what schedule.

Schedule 1Heroin, LSD, Marijuana, Ecstasy
Schedule 2Vicodin, Cocaine, Meth, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin
Schedule 3Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids, Testosterone
Schedule 4Xanax, Soma, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Tramadol
Schedule 5Lomotil, Couch Prescriptions, Lyrica, Parepectolin