Because a physician prescribes them, you may assume that medical drugs are legal drugs and basically safe. However, many types of medications are highly addictive and may have destructive side effects.
Additionally, state and federal law considers certain types of prescriptions controlled substances, including opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, depressants like Xanax and Valium, and stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.
Possessing or distributing these types of controlled substances without a valid prescription may lead to steep legal penalties.
1. Transporting a prescription in an unlabeled container
Even if you have a valid prescription, it is important that you carry medication in the bottle you originally received it in. Make sure that the label includes your name, your physician’s recommended dosage, number of doses and a current date for your prescription.
2. Possessing another individual’s prescription
If a medication is a controlled substance, it may be illegal for you to carry another individual’s prescription, even if it belongs to a close family member or friend.
3. Sharing your own prescription with others
Even if a person has a valid prescription for the same medication, it may be against the law to share quantities of your own medication with others. Selling, delivering, distributing and giving away controlled prescription drugs may result in charges of sale or distribution.
If you are facing a first drug offense or struggling with addiction, know that you may be able to pursue a reduced, deferred or alternative sentence. In certain cases, you may be able to seek probation, community service and/or rehab instead of facing jail time and steep fines.