Millions of people in the United States use prescription medications every day, while many more use them after specific medical procedures. In order to get these medications, they first have to get a prescription from the doctor and then bring that to a pharmacy so that it can be filled.
This process has become so common that it’s easy for people to make mistakes that could lead to some serious charges. For instance, someone may decide to share some of their medication with a friend or a family member, thinking that person could also benefit from it. They’re just trying to help, but are they going to run afoul of drug laws?
Only those with a prescription can possess that medication
You certainly could find yourself facing serious drug violations for sharing prescription medications, as this is illegal. The only person who is allowed to possess and use that medication is the person to whom the prescription has been written.
These laws are in place, in part, to keep people from trafficking opioids and other addictive substances. These are one of the most common types of drugs that are used illegally in a recreational fashion. But you don’t technically have to be giving the drugs to someone for this type of use. You may honestly think that they’re helping them because you have similar symptoms and you just want them to address their health issues. But that doesn’t change the law, and it could still lead to charges.
If you do find yourself facing serious criminal charges over an honest mistake where you were trying to help someone you care about, take the time to look into your defense options.