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May 13, 2020

Is It Time to Reschedule Heroin?

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  • 1Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0607

In the past few years, critics have called for reassessing the Schedule I status of several controlled substances, notably cannabis. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) established Schedules I to V for classifying substances with abuse potential, with federal regulations imposing the strictest restrictions on the production and distribution of Schedule I substances. A substance is classified under Schedule I if it has high abuse potential, no accepted medical use within the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

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