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Understanding DEA Drugs Schedules

For a new pharmacy technician, DEA Schedules and their respective drugs can be confusing, but it’s important for you to understand them so that you understand why certain precautions are taken with each one in regard to refills, transfers, and where these medications are kept in the pharmacy. It is important for a pharmacy technician to understand that these rules and regulations can vary from state to state, and you should consult your pharmacist with any questions you may have regarding these.




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Benzodiazepines are schedule IV and typically end in PAM OR OLAM.

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Benzodiazepines are a schedule IV used for anxiety and END PAM OR LAM

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Benzodiazepines are a schedule IV medications used for anxiety and usually ends in “PAM” or “LAM

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Cocaine is Schedule II, used as a local anesthetic. Marijuana is Schedule I, seen as having no medical use. Benzodiazepines are Schedule IV, prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders but carry risks of addiction.

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cocaine is a schedule 2

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