Classification of Heroin
The classification of heroin is as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Heroin is one of the most addictive illicit drugs that can be obtained on the black market.
According to the Department of Justice on the classification of heroin, "Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and serve no legitimate medical purpose in the United States."
To illustrate what this classification of heroin means, cocaine, which is also highly addictive, is only categorized as Schedule II.
DOJ reports that the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse found that three million Americans have tried heroin at least once in their lives.