With the cost of going to a doctor and obtaining a prescription, as well as the cost to fill the prescription, as high as it is, some people do not have a problem sharing their medications with others. When they have a little bit leftover and someone needs just one or two pills, it might be easier to share the medications than for the recipient to take a trip to the doctor. However, this is never a good idea.
Innocent Reasons for Sharing Medications
Many people believe those who are arrested for possession of prescription medications are those who steal them for a drug addiction. In many cases, this isn’t what happens at all. A person could be arrested for possessing prescription drugs that are not theirs if they take just one or two a friend offers.
For instance, a person might be hanging out with a friend when they develop a severe headache. They need to head home and relax for a little bit, but they realize they don’t really have anything at home to help with their headache. A friend has a few painkillers leftover from a surgery and offers it to the person to help them get relief from the headache.
Potential Issues Because of Sharing Medications
On the drive home, the person could be stopped for running a stop sign, swerving, or forgetting to use their turn signal. As the stop progresses, the officer becomes aware of the painkillers and arrests the person for having prescription medications without a prescription. They face a felony charge, even if they’ve never been in trouble before, a lengthy jail term, and a criminal record that could impact their future.
Even though the person did not mean to commit a crime, simply possessing the painkillers without a prescription is a crime and their future could be significantly impacted by it. An innocent reason for borrowing the medication does not mean they can avoid a conviction.
If you have been arrested and charged with possession of drugs, you need to contact a Tulsa criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. Even if you did not mean to commit a crime buy borrowing or sharing medications, it is still a crime and you could be facing a conviction, a harsh sentence, and a criminal record. Contact an attorney now for help.