How does a drug become illegal

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-How does a drug become illegal? -the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) notes that “the main criteria used to declare a drug illegal is not the physical or mental danger from using the drug, but its potential for abuse.” -How do lawmakers decide if a drug has potential for abuse? -taking the substance creates a hazard for oneself or others -“there is signficiant diversion of the substance from legitimate drug channels” -individuals take the substance on their own without any advice by a medical authority -it is similar to another substance that already has a high abuse potential -Five schedules of controlled substances - Schedule 1 – very high abuse potential, no accepted medical use - Schedule 2 –very high abuse potential but also accepted medical use - Schedule 3 – high abuse potential but also accepted medical use —routinely prescribed by physicians (barbiturates) - Schedule 4 –moderate abuse potential but accepted medical use —routine prescription (antidepressants and benzos)
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