Question: How Are Drugs Classified?

Drug Classes

A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition.

Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.

How are drugs legally classified?

Drug Classifications. Drugs are classified chemically according to how they affect the brain and the body. Additionally, the DEA legally classifies drugs into schedules (I, II, III, IV, and V) based on their medical use and potential for abuse and dependence.

What are the different classifications of drugs?

Here are the five main categories and some information about each:

  • Central nervous system depressants.
  • Central nervous system stimulants.
  • Opiates and Opiodes.
  • Hallucinogens.
  • Marijuana.

What does classification of drug mean?

A drug class is a set of medications and other compounds that have similar chemical structures, the same mechanism of action (i.e., bind to the same biological target), a related mode of action, and/or are used to treat the same disease.

How are drugs named and classified?

Drug nomenclature is the systematic naming of drugs, especially pharmaceutical drugs. Generic names for drugs are nowadays constructed out of affixes and stems that classify the drugs into different categories and also separate drugs within categories. A marketed drug might also have a company code or compound code.

What are the 4 types of drugs?

What types of drugs are there?

  1. stimulants (e.g. cocaine)
  2. depressants (e.g. alcohol)
  3. opium-related painkillers (e.g. heroin)
  4. hallucinogens (e.g. LSD)

What are the 6 classifications of drugs?

There are seven different drug types, and each has its own set of effects and risks:

  • Stimulants.
  • Depressants.
  • Hallucinogens.
  • Dissociatives.
  • Opioids.
  • Inhalants.
  • Cannabis.

What are the three main groups of drugs?

  1. 3 The common drug groups.
  2. 3.1 Cannabis/hallucinogens.
  3. 3.2 Alcohol. Alcohol (ethanol) is one of the most commonly used and misused substances.
  4. 3.3 Opioids.
  5. 3.4 Stimulants (including methamphetamine)
  6. 3.5 Benzodiazepines.
  7. 3.7 Tobacco.

What are the 5 types of controlled substances?

The five classes of drugs are narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids. The schedule the drug is placed under depends on its medical use, its potential for abuse, and its safety or how easily people become dependent on it.