You have always needed specific medications to handle your chronic illness. You never worried about it, and you were able to get them when you needed them.

Over time, your illness improved. That meant that you weren’t using your medications as often as you used to. Despite that, your provider was still ordering regular prescriptions, and you could fill them every month.

That left you with extra medications you didn’t need, which is why you decided to give some away to a friend with the same medical condition. Unfortunately, you got caught and are now facing charges for distributing prescription medications without the lawful ability to do so.

Even if someone else has the same prescription, you can’t give them your medications

It is against the law to give your medications to someone who was not prescribed them. Yes, even if they have the same prescription, it’s illegal to transfer your medications to them.

Why? When a prescription is ordered, a medical provider has to specify an amount. Perhaps they decided to issue 10 pills for Oxycodone, for example, for your friend’s pain. The medical provider knows their history and made that decision based on facts. By giving them additional dosages, you could be putting them in danger or even opening up the possibility of becoming dependent or addicted to the powerful painkiller.

If you give away your medications, you can be charged

If you do give away your medications, you can be charged for distribution or other drug crimes. If you are accused of this, you’ll need to build up a strong defense quickly. Even if you had good intentions, the reality is that exchanging medications or giving them away to another person is against the law.

If you’re accused, you need to seek legal support

If you’re accused of a drug crime, you’ll face the risk of an initial charge and even the possibility of additional charges being added on later by the prosecution. What was once you trying to give medications to a friend could turn into a situation where you’re accused of transporting, distributing or even selling drugs. Don’t let the case get out of hand.

Your attorney will work with you to understand what happened and to defend your rights. Your attorney will make sure that you are not facing unfair charges or a bias in the system, so you have the best chances of reducing or eliminating penalties.