Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) have always been a problem in Maryland, but the pandemic caused a new surge in use, overdoses, and death. Here’s a breakdown of Maryland’s CDS classifications, known as “schedules.”
Drugs in this group are considered highly addictive, unsafe and have no approved use for medical treatments.
- Marijuana (organic and synthetic)
- LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
- Peyote (mescaline)
- Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
- Bath salts
- Quaaludes (methaqualone)
With the exception of marijuana, possession of Schedule I drugs has penalties of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000. Distribution of these drugs comes with penalties of up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
This classification of narcotics and stimulants is similar to Schedule I in terms of being unsafe and having a strong potential for addiction, except that these drugs are sometimes prescribed for medical treatment.
- Meth (Desoxyn, methamphetamine)
- Adderall/Dexedrine (amphetamine)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- PCP (phencyclidine)
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
- Demerol (meperidine)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate)
- Dolophine (methadone)
This group is often used for medical treatments, with a lower potential for abuse, but has been known to cause severe psychological dependence and, to a lesser extent, physical dependence.
- Tylenol 3 (codeine or hydrocodone with aspirin)
- Didrex (benzphetamine)
- Oxandrin (anabolic steroids such as oxandrolone)
- Suboxone and Subutex (buprenorphine)
These CDSs are lower still in their potential for abuse and dependence and are frequently prescribed for medical treatment.
Darvon and Darvocet-N 100 (propoxyphene)
This group, composed of cough medicine with low doses of codeine, has the lowest potential for abuse, with minimal dependence.
Illegal manufacture, possession or distribution of Schedule I through IV substances can potentially come with life-altering penalties. If you’ve been charged, seek legal advice immediately.