Chronic pain is a growing problem across the country. Plenty of us cope with daily backaches, migraines, knee problems and more. Living with chronic and severe pain can make us willing to try just about anything to find some relief. Sometimes, someone we know might want to help us by sharing a medication that works for them.
If a friend or family member offers some of their prescription pain medication as support to you, it can be tempting to take it. Besides the possibility of having an adverse health reaction to the medication, however, accepting the meds can put you both at legal risk. Many prescription painkillers are classified as Schedule II drugs according to the DEA. Understanding what’s at stake can save you both a lot of problems.
Possession of controlled substances carries heavy consequences
Because of the sharp rise of opioid addiction and deaths, Ohioʻs laws around prescription medications such as OxyContin or Vicodin are much more stringent. If you get caught with your friend’s prescription medication, you could face large fines, the loss of your driving license, probation and possible incarceration. Penalties are based on the type and quantity of controlled substance found in your possession.
There are ways to mount a defense if you are caught with medications that were not prescribed to you, and doing so will require legal help. Because of the long-reaching consequences of a drug conviction such as difficulty securing bank loans, employment or housing, it is important to understand your rights and your options.