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Using Drugs Without a Prescription Is Illegal

You may have heard that using and sharing prescription drugs is legal. Many believe that if they get pills from their family members or friends, instead of a street dealer, then it's not against the law.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There are both federal and state laws that make using or sharing prescription drugs illegal. If you take a pill that was prescribed to someone else or give that pill to another person, not only is it against the law, it's extremely dangerous.

Why Prescription Drugs

According to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, people abuse prescription drugs because there's less of a stigma than there is with street drugs. But with the current opioid epidemic, it's especially important to curb any prescription drug abuse, and treat it as seriously as any another illegal street drug.

Federal and State Prescription Drug Laws

Prescription drugs are considered controlled substances. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act make it clear that the only legal way to access prescription drugs is to have a doctor's prescription. This law states that "no controlled substance ... may be dispensed without the written prescription of a practitioner."

Sometimes even when a doctor does prescribe a drug, it may violate the law. For example, if a doctor writes a prescription for too many pills, either knowing that they are going to be resold or knowing that the amount is way too much medication for a single patient, that could be considered a criminal act.

Possession With Intent to Distribute

Some states have laws making it illegal for you to be in possession of your own prescription drugs under certain circumstances. Most states have laws that make it illegal to carry around pills that are not in their labeled prescription bottle.

In other words, if you are carrying around pills that your doctor prescribed to you, but you have them loose in your pocket or purse, that is illegal. The presumption is that you are carrying them in that manner so that you can distribute them.

When Prescription Drugs Are Illegal

No matter what your family or friends tell you, using and sharing prescription drugs is just as illegal as possession of any other illicit drug. And taking drugs not prescribed for you is very dangerous. You have no idea what effects a drug may have on you or if what you’re getting hasn’t been mixed with another substance.

Not only can taking prescription medications make you very sick, it can land you in jail. Just because you got them from a family member or a friend doesn't make it legal.

You Don't Need to Break the Law

We are well aware of the frequent legal consequences faced by people that are addicted to Opiates. We strongly encourage these individuals to get help and medication legally. Buprenorphine (Subutex and Suboxone) should not be obtained off the streets or from family or friends. It is simply not worth the risk when in all likelihood you will be able to receive it legally from a physician.

At Buprenorphine Treatment Centers, Inc we are not judgmental - we simply want to help.

Call 904-999-9094 to schedule your appointment today!