You may think that giving a friend in need some of your pain medications is caring. Giving and sharing prescription narcotics is not something you should get in the habit of doing or you could end up facing criminal drug charges. Also, if you carry your medication around loose in your pocket, purse and outside of an approved container, you could end up facing more drug charges. It is also unlawful to keep narcotics in unapproved containers.
Do not assume that if you do it once, you can do it again because you have not been caught. Law enforcement agencies across the country are cracking down on prescription drug abuse. The opioid crisis highlights many of the dangers associated with the abuse and illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Here is a brief overview of the dangers of sharing prescription medications.
Prescriptions are federally regulated substances
Prescriptions are personal. They are also federally classified as controlled substances. Prescriptions are not meant for sharing or giving to anyone other than the person specified on the labels. Using drugs that are not meant for you can also have damaging consequences on your health. There are also the dangerous effects of using medications that are meant for someone else. You do not know how you may react to them or the damage they can cause to your body and health. The effects are not always obvious or immediate. There is also the possibility of you developing an unhealthy dependency on them.
If you are facing criminal charges for the possession or distribution of an illegal prescription, you might find yourself wondering how you ended up in this situation. Do not assume you can use your ignorance of the law to beat your criminal charges. The penalties are harsh and can cause you to spend some time behind bars and end up with a felony. Consider speaking to an attorney for guidance on how to minimize the impact of your criminal charges on your life.