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The Legal Effects of Self-Medicating

It seems pretty common nowadays that people borrow or even buy prescribed medications from family and/or friends.   Sometimes, people do this due to lack of funds, other times it’s due to an emergency, and yet other times it’s due to an addiction.


Self-medicating cannot only be a risk to your health, but it is also illegal.  If you are found with prescription medication that has not been prescribed to you, you can be charged with possession of a controlled substance.


The charge of possession of a controlled substance can range from a Class B misdemeanor to a 1st degree felony depending on the type of substance and the amount.  This means that the punishment can range from confinement of up to 1 year in county jail and/or a maximum $4,000 fine to confinement for life or a term from 5 – 99 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.


If you or anyone you know has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, contact the Scheiner Law Group, P.C.