Drug offenses are taken very seriously in Mississippi. The drugs themselves, some chemicals used to make drugs, and certain related substances are listed under five schedules or categories.
Drug charges that apply to Schedule 1 will generally be related to marijuana, LSD, heroin, Ecstasy, methaqualone and peyote. Schedule 1 drugs and all related chemicals are officially defined as drugs for which no accepted medical use exists. They are also defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse.
Penalties for possessing Schedule 2 drugs are generally higher. These are drugs and related substances that have a high potential for psychological or physical dependence. Examples include Vicodin, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamine, Adderall, Ritalin, fentanyl and others.
Schedule 3 drugs and related substances are defined as those that possess a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. The potential for abuse is lower than Schedule 2 but higher than Schedule 4. Typical examples include anabolic steroids, testosterone, Tylenol with added codeine, and ketamine.
Schedule IV drugs and related chemicals are defined as those with a low potential for abuse. There is also a relatively low risk of dependence. Common examples include Xanax, Darvon, Soma, Darvocet, and Valium.
Drugs and related chemicals listed under Schedule 5 include Robitussin AC, Lyrica, Lomotil, Parepectolin, and Motofen. These are defined as drugs with a lower potential for abuse than those listed under Schedule 4. They generally contain limited quantities of certain types of narcotics.
Schedule 5 drugs are most often used to combat conditions such as diarrhea. They can also be employed for antitussive and analgesic purposes. Penalties related to the drugs listed under Schedule 5 are generally lesser under most circumstances.