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Scheduled Drugs Ranked by Potential for Abuse

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies opioid drugs used to manage acute pain according to their use and addictive potential. According to the FDA, these drugs are classified into 5 categories or “schedules.” For example, the most common opioid medication we use in our offices is hydrocodone (Vicodin ® ), which is a Schedule II drug. Schedule I: Schedule I controlled substances have no currently accepted medical use in the U.S. They lack acceptable safety parameters more...
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