You should know there are 5 schedules of medication
Schedule I are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. They are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples are: heroin, LSD, marijuana and ecstasy
Schedule II are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, but less abuse potential than Schedule I. These drugs are also considered dangerous and have the potential to lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are: Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine, oxycodone and fentanyl
Schedule III substances are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are: Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids and testosterone
Schedule IV drugs are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are: Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Ambien and Tramadol
Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive and analgesic purposes.
Pain Medicine 411 is one of U.S. Pain Foundation’s programs. By providing current, comprehensive, non-biased information about all types of medications intended for pain relief, both prescription and over-the-counter, people with pain and their caregivers can work with healthcare providers to make educated decisions about the use of these medicines in their care plans.
Pain Medicine 411 strives to help readers understand the benefits as well as the dangers of pain relief medications and become thoroughly educated on the best safe-use practices.
259 million prescriptions for painkillers
Healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have bottle of pills. –www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns
Every day, 46 Americans die
Every day, 46 Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses, and more than 80% of those deaths are unintentional.
overdoses is an epidemic
If 16,000 people a year dying from overdoses is an epidemic, then 100 million people with chronic pain must be a pandemic.