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What is classified as a dangerous drug in Michigan?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Drug Offenses |

The term “dangerous drugs” often raises questions about what substances fall into this category. In Michigan, controlled substances for which a person does not have a prescription fall under the classification of dangerous drugs.

Michigan law breaks controlled substances into different schedules. Schedule 1 drugs are the most dangerous and include opiates and hallucinogenics.

Factors for classification

The classification of a substance as a dangerous drug takes into account several factors. These may include its chemical composition, potential for addiction or dependency, history of abuse and whether it has any accepted medical uses. If medical uses do exist for the drug, then the person in possession must also have a valid prescription for it.

The schedules range from Schedule I (high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use) to Schedule V (lower potential for abuse, accepted medical use).

Examples of dangerous drugs

Certain drugs are commonly classified as dangerous substances throughout the United States. These include illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Some prescription medications, if used improperly or without a valid prescription, are also dangerous drugs. For example, opioids have a valid medical use, but Michigan has experienced a drastic increase in illegal opioid use overdose deaths since 2000.

The importance of drug classification

The term “dangerous drugs” has a clear definition under Michigan law as controlled substances lacking a valid prescription. The classification of dangerous drugs serves a dual purpose: to protect public health and safety and to deter illegal drug activities. By regulating and monitoring the possession and distribution of dangerous drugs, lawmakers aim to reduce drug-related harm and promote the well-being of its residents.