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Prescription Drugs and DUI in Rhode Island

DUI includes intoxication from liquor, drugs, toluene, or any controlled substance. Controlled substance refers to drug, substance, or immediate precursor in schedules I through V, but does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco.  Schedule I contains drugs that have high potential for abuse, and has no accepted medical use or lacks safety use in treatment. Schedule II contains drugs with high potential for abuse, is currently accepted for medical use in treatment, but with severe restrictions, and the abuse of the substance may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence. Schedule III contains drugs that have a potential for abuse, is currently accepted medical use in treatment, and abuse of the substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence of high psychological dependence. Schedule IV contains drugs that have a low potential for abuse relative to the other scheduled drugs, is currently accepted medical use in treatment, and may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to schedule III drugs. Schedule V drugs contains low potential for abuse, is currently accepted medical use in treatment, and has limited physical dependence or psychological dependence liability relative to the controlled substance in schedule IV.


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