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3/25/2024

Can I Be Arrested for Overusing My Prescription Medication?

Prescription medications can be lifesavers, but taking more than the prescribed dosage can be dangerous and lead to addiction. However, there are many reasons besides drug abuse that you might be tempted to take more than your subscription. 

When you are taking a controlled substance, is it illegal to take more than your prescription calls for? If you are worried about the legal implications of overusing your prescription medication, Schiro Criminal Defense is here to help ease some anxieties and provide important information about the legality of overusing prescription medication. 

Understanding Prescription Medication Laws

Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about prescription medication laws that might get confusing. 

It Is Not Typically Illegal to Overuse Your Own Prescription

Generally speaking, overusing your own medication- even if it leads to addiction or dependence- won't result in arrest for drug possession. Prescription medications are legal when obtained and used as directed by a doctor.

Exceptions: Selling, Sharing, or Obtaining Illegally

However, there are situations where misusing prescription medication can lead to legal trouble:

  • Selling or Sharing: Supplying your medication to someone else is illegal. This can be considered drug trafficking and carries serious penalties.
  • Obtaining Illegally: Obtaining prescription medications through fraudulent means, like doctor shopping or using forged prescriptions, is a crime.

Risks of Overusing Prescription Medication

If you regularly misuse your prescription medication, you might be understandably worried about being arrested. While arrest might not be the immediate concern with overusing your own prescription, the other risks are significant.

Addiction and Dependence

Over time, misusing prescription medications can lead to addiction and dependence. This means your body craves the drug and experiences withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it abruptly.

Serious Health Risks

Taking more than the prescribed dosage can have severe health consequences, including organ damage, overdose, and even death. It is important to remember that your doctor gave you a certain amount to take for a reason, whether you understand it or not. If you feel that your prescription is too low or you have built up an immunity, you should consult your doctor about taking a larger dose or trying a different medication. 

Legal Consequences of Possession of Illegal Drugs

While taking your own prescription medication may not be illegal, controlled substances like addictive pain medication are heavily monitored. Prescription medications can become illegal substances if they are:

  • Obtained illegally (e.g., forged prescription)
  • Possessed in excessive quantities without a legitimate medical reason
  • Part of an illegal distribution operation

If you find yourself in possession of illegal drugs, contact an attorney immediately for legal guidance.

Contact an Attorney for Help with Your Case

If you are facing legal trouble related to prescription medications, contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial. Schiro Criminal Defense can help you understand your options and navigate the legal process.

What to Do If You Are Struggling with Prescription Medication Overuse

If you are struggling with misusing your prescription medication, it's important to seek help before it’s too late. Overusing certain medications can have life-altering effects. 

Seek Medical Help

Talk to your doctor about your concerns.  They can help you safely reduce your dosage, switch medications, and address any underlying conditions that might be contributing to your misuse.

Addiction Treatment Options

There are various treatment programs available to help you overcome prescription drug addiction. These can include medication-assisted treatment, therapy, and support groups.

Contact Schiro Criminal Defense to Speak to An Attorney About Your Case!

Remember, you are not alone. Schiro Criminal Defense understands the challenges associated with prescription medication misuse. If you are facing legal issues or need guidance on overcoming addiction, contact us today at (414) 277-9696 for a free consultation. We are here to help!

In your time of need, count on us for legal guidance. Call (414) 277-9696 today, and let’s discuss the right way forward together.

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