What is a C2 drug?

In the United States, certain medications, chemicals, and drugs are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. A C2 drug (also known as a C-II drug or Schedule II substance) is one of the categories of drugs created by this law. These medications are thought to have a high potential for abuse, but they have medical benefits. They are allowed for medical use with strict restrictions. Abuse of these drugs can create psychological or physical dependence, so the government keeps a close eye on them to ensure they are used correctly for medical needs only. Common C2 drugs include morphine, opium, amobarbital, hydrocodone, and many others. Some generic names for these drugs include the following:

  • Amphetamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine
  • Methylphenidate
  • Oxycodone