Summary of Drugs and Schedules

Schedule I (1)

Includes drugs with no proven or acceptable medical use and a high abuse potential - authorized research only.

Schedule II Narcotic (2)

Includes narcotic drugs with a high potential for abuse but with currently accepted medical use in treatment. (Opiates, cocaine, methadone, meperidine, oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl)

Schedule II Non-Narcotic (2N)

Includes non-narcotic drugs with a high potential for abuse but with currently accepted medical use in treatment. (Amphetamines, phenmetrazine, pentobarbital, methylphenidate, and short-acting barbiturates)

Schedule III Narcotic (3)

Includes narcotics in combination with other non-narcotic drugs, such as codeine combined with acetaminophen or aspirin, buprenorphine.

Schedule III Non-Narcotic (3N)

Non-narcotics including ketamine, anabolic steroids, and central nervous system depressants, such as glutethimide, methyprylon, and barbiturates not listed in other schedules. Also includes anorectant agents not included in other schedules.

Schedule IV (4)

Includes narcotics in combination with other non-narcotic drugs, antidiarrheals, mild CNS depressants, mild CNS stimulants, and tranquilizers. Drugs such as chloral hydrate, meprobamate, phenobarbital, diphenoxylate with atropine sulfate, chlordiazepoxide, diazepam, carisoprodol, midazolam, alprazolam, and phentermine are in this group.

Schedule V (5)

Includes narcotic cough syrups and ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine products.

Additional Information

All controlled substances require a properly executed prescription electronically prepared, signed, and transmitted pursuant to DEA requirements for electronic prescribing of controlled substances in compliance with 657 IAC--10.24.

In a situation when an oral order is not permitted or when a prescriber is unable to prepare and transmit an electronic prescription in compliance with DEA requirements for electronic prescriptions, a prescription may be written in compliance with 657 IAC--10.24.

A prescriber may ask an assistant to write or type the prescription or to prepare an electronic prescription but the prescriber is responsible for ensuring that all information is correct and the prescriber must manually or electronically sign the prescription, as appropriate.

For more information, see 657 IAC Chapter 10 - Controlled Substances.

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