When you think of prescription drug charges, you imagine a deal in a back alley somewhere, as you clearly try to buy medications that the authorities do not want you to own. You know it's against the law.
But what about borrowing some medication from a friend or a family member? What about a teenager who gets some painkillers -- which were legally prescribed, after all -- out of a parent's purse or medicine cabinet? What if you ask your college roommate if you can have the leftover medications that he or she did not finish after a real medical situation made them necessary?
It may not feel the same, but it is still illegal. If you are caught with those drugs or if you test positive with them in your system after an arrest for something like driving under the influence, you could face charges. You still broke the law.
It's important to point this out because people accidentally put themselves in harm's way all of the time. That teenager borrowing prescription medication from the medicine cabinet causes a car accident, the drugs are found in his or her system, and suddenly the teen is facing very serious charges after what appeared to be a simple traffic mistake.
Even if it does not feel malicious and you never intended to break the law, you could still find yourself in trouble. This is especially problematic for teens and young people. Some charges can change your life forever. It is incredibly important for you to know all of the legal defense options that you have.
Source: Very Well Mind, "Using Drugs Without a Prescription Is Illegal," Richard N. Fogoros, accessed April 06, 2018