Prescription medications are only legal when a doctor recommends them to you and then monitors your use of them. People all too frequently assume they can do whatever they want with the prescription once they pick it up from the pharmacy, but that is not how controlled substances laws work.
There are numerous restrictions on how you use, store and transport prescribed medications. People sometimes violate these rules and find themselves facing charges. Some prescriptions have a very strong association with criminal charges.
Why might your recent prescription eventually result in an arrest?
You become chemically dependent
Drugs ranging from prescription steroids like Prednisone to muscle relaxants and pain relievers can cause physical or psychological dependence. People become habituated to using the drug or fully chemically dependent on it. They may experience painful or even life-threatening symptoms if they stop taking the medication quickly.
Unfortunately, doctors often take people off of medications despite recognizing the signs of chemical dependence. Those patients then eventually start using drugs illegally after sourcing them on the unregulated market. Despite having a prescription at one time, it becomes illegal to continue taking a prescribed drug once a doctor no longer recommends it.
Even if you have a current prescription, buying additional pills on the unregulated market could lead to criminal charges. It is only legal to take and use medication when a medical professional oversees your treatment and you source the medication from a licensed pharmacy.
You drive after taking them
While it may be perfectly legal to take prescription sleep aids, psychiatric drugs and pain relievers in the comfort of your own home, there are still limitations on what you can do after you consume the medication.
In fact, there may be warning labels right on the medication’s packaging advising you of the consequences of driving or using machinery. Any drugs that affect your cognitive ability or motor function are medications that you likely cannot take before driving without violating impaired driving laws.
When a doctor writes you a prescription, the last thing you likely think of is the possibility of ending up in jail because of their medical recommendation. Recognizing the risks that come with certain prescribed medications could help you avoid mistakes that might result in prescription drug charges.