There are some ways in which people will accidentally or inadvertently find themselves facing criminal charges. They may not even be aware that they broke the law. They certainly didn’t have any intent to do so. But these charges could be very serious and ignorance is generally not an excuse in the eyes of the law.
For instance, it is important to note that you’re never allowed to legally share prescription medications. This is a form of drug distribution and you could be charged if you’re caught doing so. When you get a prescription filled, the only person who has the legal right to use that medication is the person listed on the prescription. That substance is still illegal for anyone else.
What if you don’t sell the medication?
People generally understand that it is illegal to sell controlled substances, even when they are medications that were properly obtained. However, even if you don’t sell that prescription medication, giving it to someone else is still illegal. Selling would also be illegal, and it could lead to additional charges, but even sharing medication for free could be a violation. Do not assume that you can do anything you want just because money did not change hands.
What if it’s someone you know?
Most of the time, people in this position are closely acquainted with the other individual. They may be a family member or a close friend. It’s not as if they are giving the medication to a stranger.
But the truth is that it doesn’t matter if you know the person or not. There’s no difference between giving the medication to a close friend or a roommate and giving it to someone that you go to school with or a coworker. It is still illegal.
What if you’re just trying to help?
This is one of the most common things that people say when they are accused of sharing medications. They were just trying to help their friend or family member, and they felt that the medication could do it. This is understandable, but it doesn’t change the fact that sharing the medicine is not permitted.
If you do end up facing some serious charges and you’re worried about your future, be sure you know about all of your legal options.