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Can prescription drugs land you in legal trouble? 

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Drug Crimes

With drug charges, it’s common to only think about illicit substances such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin. While these drugs are illegal in Virginia, and the possession and distribution of such materials can bring severe criminal penalties, the same can also apply to prescription drugs.

Just because a prescription drug is legal doesn’t mean it can be used without restrictions. Outlined below are some of the more common ways that prescription drugs land people in trouble with the law. 

Unauthorized possession 

You told your friend that you’ve been struggling with back pain for some time. They sympathize because they’ve been going through a similar dilemma. They have what they think is a lightbulb moment. Their doctor prescribed them some pain relief and it hit the spot. They have some leftover and want to give them to you. 

While there is no malicious intent in such a scenario, malicious intent is not a requirement for drug possession charges. By merely possessing prescription drugs that are not in your name, you could find yourself facing criminal charges. The friend who distributed the drugs to you could also find themself facing distribution charges. It goes without saying that the same applies if the roles are reversed. 

Illegal manufacture 

Healthcare is not free in the U.S., and prescription drugs can be expensive, particularly if your insurance doesn’t cover them. You have a friend in the pharmaceutical industry and they inform you that if you help them, they can produce the same drugs for free. Getting involved in the manufacturing of unregulated prescription drugs can land you in serious trouble with the law, even if your intent is not malicious. 

Facing any sort of drug charges, even those involving prescription drugs, is very serious. It’s important to seek experienced legal guidance quickly if you find yourself in this situation.