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Your freedom may be at risk if caught sharing prescriptions

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Drug Crimes

Unfortunately, it is possible to break the law and not realize what you have done or understand the gravity of your situation. Sharing prescription medications is a prime example.

Many do not believe giving away prescribed medicines is a crime, but sharing in this context can be the same as delivery or distribution, which is unlawful. You could face harsh consequences if convicted of a prescription drug offense — even just giving drugs away to others.

The Illinois Controlled Substances Act regulates the distribution and possession of controlled substances, including prescription drugs. Though the law doesn’t explicitly mention sharing, it bans delivery without authorization (Section 402(b)) and limits possession to the prescribed person and original container (Section 204(d)). Sharing prescriptions violates both these regulations.

Why many people don’t realize it’s illegal

To most people, a prescription is merely a way to treat a medical or emotional problem. They may falsely believe sharing it with another won’t cause any trouble since it came from a licensed doctor.

Another misconception is that since no money changed hands, no crime occurred. You may not have sold the medicine for a profit, but you still broke the law by transferring it to another person.

And then, some people mistakenly think they won’t face charges because the medicine was not a street substance like heroin or cocaine. Due to the dangers of prescription drugs (such as addiction and overdose), they must be strictly regulated and criminalized outside of authorized use.

Don’t let a lack of knowledge about prescription drug laws keep you from taking your circumstances seriously. Since your future may be at stake, explore your defense options with experienced legal guidance.