When you hear that someone has been arrested with drugs, your mind probably jumps to illegal drugs such as cocaine. However, there are ways in which people can get into legal trouble for possessing legal prescription drugs. Here are some of these ways:
This happens when you have a genuine prescription from a doctor, but then you alter a fact or two and change the prescription without the doctor's approval. For example, if you are suffering from a chronic back pain that requires regular use of pain medicine, you may get prescription drugs from a doctor and then alter it by:
· Increasing the number of drugs you should take
· Increasing the number of days for which you should take the drug
· Changing the prescribed drug to a more potent one
Whereas altering a prescription involves using a genuine prescription to begin with, you can forge a prescription without using a genuine one. If you know how to do it, you can just craft a prescription from scratch that allows you to get a drug that you know very well hasn't been prescribed for you. This may be the case, for example, if your doctor thinks you can manage your pain with over-the-counter painkillers but you are convinced that you need more powerful prescription drugs.
Impersonating Medical Professionals
Only medical professionals are allowed to prescribe drugs. That is why some people also impersonate medical professionals so that they can get their hands on prescription drugs. For example, you may be a nurse aid who isn't allowed to prescribe a potent pain drug, but you have been working with doctors for a long time and know how they order drugs. That may allow you to pass yourself off as a doctor and order for drugs that you wouldn't otherwise have access to.
Getting Prescriptions Drugs from the Wrong People
Lastly, you may also be charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs if you have obtained them from the wrong person. As discussed above, only medical professionals are allowed to prescribe prescription drugs. However, a person can forge prescriptions, steal prescription drugs or even impersonate a medical professional and buy prescription drugs. Buying prescription drugs from such people may also attract criminal charges.
Illegal possession of prescription drugs is a serious criminal offense. Therefore, if you are facing such charges, consult a criminal defense lawyer like the professionals at the Law Offices Of Harry G Lasser for help as soon as possible.
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