There are established five schedules of controlled substances, to be known as Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V. Such schedules shall initially consist of the substances listed in R.S. 40:964. In determining that a substance is to be added to these schedules, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals shall find the following:

 

A. As to Schedule I:

 

(1) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

 

(2) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and

 

(3) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

 

B. As to Schedule II:

 

(1) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

 

(2) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and

 

(3) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

 

C. As to Schedule III:

 

(1) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances listed in Schedules I and II.

 

(2) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and

 

(3) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

 

D. As to Schedule IV:

 

(1) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances listed in Schedule III.

 

(2) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and

 

(3) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances listed in Schedule III.

 

E. As to Schedule V:

 

(1) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances listed in Schedule IV.

 

(2) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and

 

(3) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances listed in Schedule IV.

 

Credits

 

Acts 1972, No. 634, § 1. Amended by Acts 1977, No. 649, § 1.

 

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