Some news outlets have been discussing “The Opioid Epidemic” lately. This is a broad reference to the use of and illegal possession of prescription drugs. A 2016 Oklahoma Watch report lists prescription drug abuse as a leading contributor to 59% of overdoses in the state. This means that prescription drugs like Hydrocodone, Xanax, etc. are opiates contributing to drug abuse and on occasion death.
Possession of Prescription Drugs
Possession of prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you by a doctor is a crime. Title 63 contains Oklahoma’s Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. This breaks different drugs into categories or “Schedules”. Prescription pills are generally under Schedule II. These are differentiated by the effects the drugs have on the nervous system—whether a stimulant or a depressant. Further, the Act lists under Title 63 §2-205 specific ingredients that manufacturers often use to create these pills.
Because of the prevalence of illegal possession of prescription pills, pharmacies follow strict protocol when selling the prescriptions. First they check that the prescription request comes from a valid doctor. This means the doctor must have a current license that is not under any type of suspension. Next, the pharmacies will double check the original prescription by either calling the doctor’s office for verification or using an electronic system. This allows pharmacies to potentially recognize addiction in current clients who receive large dosages of certain prescriptions.
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Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs and the Consequences
Oklahoma is a state with very strict laws regarding drugs. The penalties for illegal possession of prescription drugs, or Schedule II drugs, are felonies. If facing such a charge, you can expect a potential jail sentence from a minimum of 2 years. However, in severe cases you may even face life. Fines are also a part of the criminal penalties. You could pay anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000.
Creek County Attorneys
Our Creek County Attorneys understand that addiction is no joke. If you find yourself fighting this battle and in legal trouble, call our offices. We will listen to your circumstances and provide you with the best possible defense. Call us for a free consultation.