Prohibited Prescription Drugs
Prohibited Prescription Drugs for Drug Court Participants
We know that drug court is only for folks with a drug problem, and we know that Americans are taking more presecription drugs than ever—so what happens if you want drug court treatment, yet you’re also being medically treated for other ailments?
Drug Court programs throughout Florida often ban certain prescription drugs, most typically Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. Schedule I drugs are considered highly addictive drugs with little or no medical use, like cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and methaqualone. Now, many medical professionals would disagree with Florida’s conclusion that these drugs have “no medical use”, especially marijuana, but we’ll save that debate for another day (there’s at least 16 states out there whose Senate and Congress have approved the medical use of marijuana, look them up for more info…).
The problem a drug court has with certain prescription drugs is that they cannot determine via drug screenings whether or not the drug is being used, or abused. What good is a drug court program at helping a pill addict, if the pill addict is legally entitled to pop pills? There are no easy answers, but it’s safe to say that if a drug court participant is taking a Schedule II medication, he will test positive for either Opiates or Benzodiazepine. The good news is that some drug court programs will permit a client to re-apply to the program once a physician signs off on allowing the client to stop taking the medication. Here’s a list of some of the most common Schedule II medications banned from drug court use (the DEA’s website has a complete list of Schedule II drugs):