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Understanding Drug Schedules in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut classifies drugs on a scale from I to V. These classifications are called schedules and each one corresponds to the type of drug that was recovered, the amount that was recovered, and the intended use of the drug itself.

The schedules correspond as follows:

  • Schedule I - These drugs are considered to have the highest risk for potential abuse. LSD, "magic mushrooms," and marijuana are all considered Schedule I drugs.
  • Schedule II - Codeine, cocaine, and methamphetamines are all classified as Schedule II drugs. These drugs have a slightly higher risk for addiction and abuse.
  • Schedule III - These drugs may have a currently acceptable medical use but also can be highly addictive. Hydrocodone, morphine, and opiates are all Schedule III drugs.
  • Schedule IV - These drugs may include narcotics, depressants, and stimulants such as diazepam and lorazepam. These typically serve medical purposes and may be used in therapy.
  • Schedule V - Drugs with the lowest potential of addiction and abuse are classified in Schedule V. Opium, Robitussin, and regulated forms of pharmaceuticals can be included in Schedule V.

Street Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

Most people assume that it may be just street drugs that can land them in serious trouble, but pharmaceuticals can as well. Forging or lying to a doctor to receive a prescription note to abuse or resell prescription drugs can also have you facing criminal charges. It is important to remember that, regardless of the illegal substance that you are caught with, you have rights.

There must always be a valid reason for a police officer to stop and search you and they cannot search you without a warrant or your consent. Our team will investigate every aspect of your arrest and ensure that you were treated fairly throughout the entire process.

Carlson & Dumeer, LLC Drug Crime Legal Counsel

Have you been arrested or are you under investigation for the sale, possession or distribution of an illegal substance in Hartford or Middletown? You may be facing serious penalties. At Carlson & Dumeer, LLC, we understand that now, more than ever, it is vital that you receive the legal representation that you deserve. Our team of dedicated Hartford drug crime defense attorneys stands ready to defend you and will aggressively work to have your charges reduced or dismissed.


If you have questions about how our team can help you in your time of need, contact Carlson & Dumeer, LLC and consult a Hartford drug crime attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation now.



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