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What are the rules around prescription medications?

Prescription drugs are often more powerful and more effective than anything you can buy over-the-counter. In some cases, the doctor will have someone try an over-the-counter medicine first and then switch to a prescription medication if that is not enough.

For example, after certain medical procedures, a painkiller like Tylenol or aspirin just isn’t going to be enough. People need something stronger, so they get narcotics or opioids. They can’t just buy these, so they have to get a prescription first and then go to the pharmacy to have it filled – but some people can’t afford prescription meds, which can lead to serious legal issues.

Here’s what you should know:

Can you share prescription meds?

Having to legally obtain specific medications with a prescription is just the first step. It’s also important to know that you should never share these medications with someone else.

This can be difficult for people to understand or accept because they’re trying to help someone else, and they likely care about that person. If a family member needs painkillers and you have prescription painkillers, for instance, you’ll be very tempted to help them by giving them a few pills to “borrow” or “try.”

But doing so could mean that both of you are facing potential drug charges. Always remember that you’re not supposed to share prescription medication with anyone who doesn’t have the prescription. 

This remains true even if you give them that medication for free, not just if you sell it to them. Simply, freely sharing the medication does not get around the rules against reselling controlled substances to a third party. It is still illegal. 

Are you facing charges?

If you are facing drug charges, your future hangs in the balance. You may want to be sure you know exactly what legal defense options you have.