What Are Controlled Substances?

Lawyer James Kilduff is based in Brooklyn, New York, where he serves at Lazzaro Law Firm, P.C., as senior trial attorney. As a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer, James Kilduff often represents persons charged with controlled substance-related offenses in the New York City district.

In the United States of America, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) handles the administration of matters pertaining to drugs and other chemicals and substances, collectively known as controlled substances. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) regulates manufacture, distribution, possession, importation, and permitted uses. Drugs and chemicals listed within the CSA include hallucinogens, narcotics, anabolic steroids, stimulants, and depressants. Alcohol and tobacco do not appear within the CSA.

Substances classified as “controlled” are further divided into five separate groups according to their medical uses and the potential for dependency or abuse. The first group contains the drugs considered the most dangerous and with elevated chances for dependence or abuse, whereas the fifth category is for drugs with a lower potential for abuse.


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