When going on a quick weekend trip in Atlanta, Georgia, or being out for the day and needing to take your prescription medication, you may be tempted to remove a few pills from your prescription bottle and carry them with you in your pocket or purse, sealed away in a plastic bag or pill box
Did you know that doing so is illegal and there can be some serious consequences because of it?
Keep Your Pills in Their Prescribed Bottle
State laws mandate that prescription medications remain in reasonable packaging which doesn’t include your toiletry bag, pocket, wallet, or other non-medical storage device. Violation of these laws constitutes criminal offenses, which are likely to result in arrest and prosecution. Criminal charges are based on the same guidelines and penalty structure as illegal use and possession of drugs.
Carrying Prescription Drugs That Are Not Yours
Never take a prescription medication from someone, even if you know them well, and don’t offer your unused drugs to others. Sharing prescription medication with others is prescription fraud and those caught will face the appropriate penalties, which can include arrest, prosecution, probation, court fines, incarceration, and a life-long criminal history. The specific charges will depend on the kind of medication you’re caught with. Schedule II prescription drugs are likely to face felony prosecution and penalties.
Attorney in Atlanta
Atlanta attorney Richard Grossman is aware of the Georgia guidelines, regulations, exemptions and statutory penalties associated with the improper storage of prescription medication. If you’ve found yourself in a sticky situation where you need help with a prescription drug charge, then give us a call. We’ll assist you in every way possible.