Controlled Substance Scheduling
Well I decided that I just had to share my opinion of this little drug fact that has to do with Xanax. Or you may know them as alprazolam. Same thing basically. One is just a generic form. Now if you are reading any of my blogs here then you probably already know that I used to be a very bad heroin addict. And I have been addicted to almost every type of drug at one point in my life. I was paralyzed about 5 1/2 years ago from the use of needles. I contracted a bad infection that was all on the inside of my body and so no one could tell there was anything wrong with me. Until it was too late. I woke up one day and the paralysis had set in. And I couldn’t move my legs.
So make long story short I had spinal cord surgery and I was paralyzed from waist down. I now relearning to walk and a lot has changed in my life since that dreadful day. So anyway let’s just say that I know my shit when it comes to drugs!
And yes I was also addicted to Xanax at one point. I got them from my Dr. Along with my Lortab 10’s every month I was prescribed 4 a day for many years before I ended up getting myself cut off from the Dr.
So while Xanax was never my drug of choice I most definitely would take it to get my buzz on, or to bring myself down from the cocaine stupor I had been on for 5 days or so.
So enough about me and I will move on to my point of the story here, since you are probably wondering why the title of this article is about scheduling of narcotics, and here I am bellowing on about my life as an addict.
Well it’s all relevant I promise. And things I need to let everyone know before I start spouting out my big Xanax story.
How do you take a drug as dangerous as xanax and give it a scheduled 4 classification when you have drugs such as marijuana in a schedule 1 classification?
I will give you the definition of these classifications so you know exactly what I am talking about here.
Here is the definition and the drugs that are currently in the schedule one classification:
SCHEDULE 1 DRUGS
Schedule 1 drugs have no accepted medical use in the United States, and using schedule 1 drugs can put a person at a high risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs assigned a schedule 1 class include:
- Official list of Schedule 1 drugs (over 100 entries)
Now here is the definition and the list of drugs that are in schedule 4 classification:
SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS
Drugs that are classified as schedule 4 are often prescribed medications, and when a person uses schedule 4 drugs, they are at a very low risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs in the schedule 4 class include:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lorazepan (Ativan)
- Official list of Schedule 4 drugs
Ok so I am blown away by the way they have these drugs scheduled. I will say that I have known many people who have overdosed because of them mixing xanax with another drug.
I also know many people who have went to prison because of mixing alcohol with Xanax and they woke up the next day with no knowledge of what they had done but facing some serious legal charges.
I know that there are supposed to be only 2 drugs that can actually kill you coming off of them cold turkey. And this would be xanax and alcohol.
When I went to jail in Wayne county years ago I remember the nurse asking if someone could bring me my xanax because they were going to give them to me and ween me down from them. That is how serious this drug is. You don’t have jails hardly ever giving out any type of controlled substance to the offenders unless they absolutely have to. She also told me that when you come off of them cold turkey and have a seizure like I actually had once when I came off of mine, that it does a lot of damage to your heart.
So there it is. I am just dumbfounded by the way our government would classify these drugs. And I realize that it’s been many years ago when these drugs were classified. But I would think that maybe they should be updating some things!
I mean marijuana to be put in with heroin? When you can’t even overdose on it? They have never even proven that it’s physically addicting. And I have never been a fan of marijuana. I do not smoke it now and I didn’t smoke it back years ago when I was really bad on drugs. But it is what it is. And so I just wanted to share my opinion with whoever chooses to read this. And spread some knowledge with anyone who may not have known this information.