Drug classes are sets of drugs that have certain things in common. These typically consist of similar chemical structures, mechanism of action, and related mode of action. There’s a type of hierarchy formed here.
One such classification is what’s known as schedule one drugs, also known as class one drugs. These are illegal drugs that are quite popularly abused. These don’t have a medical use, but they do come with severe safety concerns.
Examples of These Drugs
Some common examples of class one drugs include:
- Heroin (diacetylmorphine)
- LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)
- Mescaline (Peyote)
- MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or “ecstasy”)
- GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)
- Ecstasy (MDMA or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
- Methaqualone (Quaalude)
- Khat (Cathinone)
- Bath Salts (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV)
Marijuana (cannabis, THC) is also included in this category of drugs even though it’s now legal in some states and used as a medicinal drug in other states. Protestors are trying to remove marijuana from this drug classification so pharmacies can sell it. This is important because pharmacies aren’t allowed to sell class one drugs. Of course, until they legalized marijuana doctors didn’t prescribe any of these drugs anyway.
What These Drugs Have in Common
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency all the drugs in this class have the following things in common:
They all have a very high potential for abuse
They’re not accepted for treating any types of medical conditions in the United States so doctors can’t write prescriptions for them
There aren’t any safe, accepted uses for these drugs
They’re not readily available for clinical use
Their Signs and Symptoms
Sometimes you may find yourself wondering how you’d know if someone you love is an addict. Fortunately, there are some common signs you can look for. These typically include sudden changes in mood and behavior, withdrawal from those around you, poor personal grooming habits, loss of interest in life, and changes in sleep patterns.
Knowing and looking for these signs is important. Watch for these things because when left unchecked these drugs can lead to some serious complications. Symptoms of unchecked, class one drug abuse include hiking, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and seizures.
Penalties for Schedule One Drugs
The schedule a drug belongs to actually determines what the penalty for drug crimes are. For instance, if you’re trafficking under 50 kilograms of marijuana you’ll spend 5 years or less in jail and pay a fine of $250,000 or less. Remember, this is just an example. Authorities look at each case differently and so the outcomes vary depending upon the circumstances.