What Are Class IV Drugs?

In the United States, all drugs and medications are classified on the level of risk they pose to cause abuse or addiction. Five class levels help law enforcement and medical doctors, and other professionals who either prescribe or treat illness with drugs and medications to serve as a reference for whether or not it is necessary as well as safe. The police most frequently reference drugs and medicines according to their class or schedule, doctors not as much. 

Still, there are many types of drugs and medications that are not addictive but still get classified. The use of drug class numbers and schedules began in the 1970s when the Controlled Substances Act. The CSA protects the public from unknowingly using or being prescribed potentially dangerous and addictive drugs. Controlled substances are how the government also determines legal and illegal use or possession of a drug. People who possess or use any class distinctions and schedules can be charged with a felony if they do not have permission from a medical doctor to take the drug. 

What Are Class IV drugs

A Dangerous and Addictive Drug Classes

The following information is from the Drug Enforcement Agency and summarizes which drugs are most dangerous and addictive. They start as class one (I) or schedule one (I) and continue up to five (V), with five being the least harmful or addictive. The DEA summarizes the most well-known drugs being abused in this entry. There are more drugs and medications are within these classes but are not specified here by the DEA:

Schedule I (Class I) Controlled Substances have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.

  • heroin, LSD, marijuana, peyote, Ecstasy, cocaine, illegal methamphetamine

Schedule II (Class II) Controlled Substances have a high potential for abuse, leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. 

  • Dilaudid, methadone, Demerol, OxyContin, Percocet, fentanyl, morphine, opium, codeine, hydrocodone, and amphetamines (Adderall, Ritalin), and methamphetamine

Schedule III (Class III) Controlled Substances have a potential for abuse less than substances in Schedules I or II, and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence. They include products containing not more than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with Codeine) and buprenorphine (Suboxone).

Schedule IV (Class IV) Controlled Substances have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III. They include Xanax, Soma, Klonopin, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, and Halcion

Schedule V (Class V) Controlled Substances have a low potential for abuse relative to substances listed in Schedule IV and consist primarily of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. 

  • cough preparations containing not more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters or 100 grams (Robitussin AC, Phenergan with Codeine)

Description of a Class IV Drug Addiction

Essentially the benzodiazepines make up the majority of the DEA references of Class IV types of drugs. In addition, sleep medications and drugs for anxiety are also considered Class IV. The treatment programs that are most effective for a Class IV drug addiction will address emotional and mental health conditions and address the addiction mainly as an addiction to a central nervous depressant. 

Depressants slow down the person’s physical and mental processes. The most common reason Class IV drugs are prescribed is to deter anxiety and help a person relax and remain calm. Class IV drug addicts will feel panicky and extremely uncomfortable when not using their central nervous system depressant. 

Where to Get Treatment For Different Class of Drugs?

A person addicted to a central nervous system depressant can be helped by a professional treatment program and can quickly recover. The first step is to help them detox safely with a taper-down regimen and a supportive recovery environment. The program we suggest starts with a medically supervised detox followed by cutting-edge treatment programs that are personalized and drug-specific. 

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To get help and end the madness of addiction to Class IV drugs and medications, we can begin your individualized treatment plan and connect you to rehab right now over the phone. Call or chat or email to be put on a flight to rehab tomorrow, get interviewed, and answer all questions to begin recovery from Class IV drug addictions today.    


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