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Sharing prescriptions can lead to criminal charges

| Feb 25, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Your friend wasn’t feeling well, and you both suspected that she had the flu. You’d been given some high-powered medications for this in the past, so you didn’t see any harm in giving them to her to take.

What you didn’t know, and something her medical provider might have been aware of, was that she was allergic to a component of that medication. Though you were able to get her to a hospital and she’ll be fine, the fact that she took those drugs illegally, and that you provided them, doesn’t look good.

Sharing prescription drugs can lead to criminal charges

Even though you had good intentions, the truth is that you could face criminal charges for sharing or using someone else’s prescription medication. Even if the medical provider would have prescribed the exact same medication to you or your friend, the reality is that you don’t have the power to make that decision. Only a professional can order a prescription, and only a pharmacy can distribute one.

What should you do if you were caught committing a prescription drug crime?

Not every case is the same. Above, you can see that someone is trying to do something kind and helpful, but it doesn’t work out well in the end. Others might take prescriptions and try to sell them or use them to get high, which is a different situation. Regardless, your attorney will help you by discussing why you did or did not do what you’re accused of and how to make you look your best in front of a judge or jury.

Not all cases end up going to court, and you may be able to take a plea deal in exchange for pleading guilty. Your attorney will talk to you about plea deals and if taking one is a good idea in your case. You may feel better about pleading not guilty and going to trial in some instances, which is something your attorney can help you prepare for if you intend to take that route.

At the end of the day, you must remember that prescription drugs are only meant to be given to those who have a prescription. If you give them away, someone else could be hurt or take too much of a medication, which may put them in danger. It’s always best to ask that friends go to the doctor if they aren’t feeling well or need a refill of their medications.


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