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How are drugs classified for alleged drug crimes?

There is no question that Arkansas residents have benefitted from the advancements that drug companies have made over the decades. Formerly incurable diseases now have remedies thanks to modern medicine, and conditions that were once considered untreatable may be managed with prescription medications that individuals can get from their local pharmacies. However, just because a drug has been identified as potentially helpful for treating medical conditions does not mean that it is legal for everyone to possess it.

Drugs are classified on a detailed schedule that identifies them in terms of how they may be possessed. For example, Schedule I drugs have no medical use and include LSD, heroin, and ecstasy. These drugs are illegal for everyone to possess because they may be dangerous and may be highly addictive.

Schedule II drugs, however, may also be addictive but have been found to have medical uses for different conditions. Morphine is a common drug that can ease the symptoms of some individuals who suffer from pain, and Adderall is a medication that can help individuals who suffer from attention disorders. If a person does not have a prescription for a Schedule II drug, however, it is illegal for them to possess it.

Other drugs may fall lower on the schedule and have less serious consequences if they are found in the possession of Arkansas residents. It is important that readers take from this post the fact that even prescription drugs can be deemed illegal if they are in the possession of individuals who have not been given possession to have them.

Drug charges should be taken seriously and may be discussed with attorneys who work in the criminal defense field of law. Asserting a defense can help the accused protect their rights, helping them reduce and even eliminate the penalties they could face.

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