If you do not feel well, you might go to the doctor, who might prescribe specific drugs you collect from the pharmacy. All legal so far. Yet each year, people make mistakes with prescription drugs that land them in trouble with the law.
Here are some of those errors:
Not understanding the drug’s potential side effects
Drugs can affect your ability to do everyday things. Some drugs have soporific qualities. If you read the label, they will probably tell you this, but many people do not, or they think the instructions are over-cautious.
If you get in your car after taking prescription drugs and cause a crash or drive in a way that the police allege is dangerous, then you could face criminal charges. You can try to explain that the drugs caused you to feel drowsy, but while a judge may be lenient, they are unlikely to excuse you as it is your responsibility to ensure you are safe to drive.
Giving them to someone else
Certain drugs are only legal for the person they are prescribed to. If the police catch someone else with drugs they have no prescription for, they could charge them. If they discover you gave or sold the person those drugs, they could charge you too. Take particular care with opioids and other in-demand drugs as you could find someone steals them from you, and you face criminal charges for something you knew nothing about.
If you face prescription drug charges, whatever the cause, there are defense options available. Finding out more will be crucial.