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Are you carrying someone else's prescription drugs?

There are strict rules governing the use of prescription drugs. In large part, the strictness stems from the potential of abuse. After all, many prescription drugs are in demand and/or addictive.

In fact, could it be likely that you have been violating these rules, opening yourself up to the possibility of serious criminal charges?

Carrying someone else's prescription

It is a crime for you to possess someone else's prescription drugs. Depending on the drug and the circumstances, this could mean charges that are quite serious. In theory, you could even face charges if your family member or friend accidentally left their medication in your car. Of course, there are many reasonable explanations to have a loved one's prescription that do not necessarily involve you wanting to use or sell the drug. For example, you might share a car with your spouse even if his or her name is not on the title, or you might be holding medication to ensure your grandparent with memory issues takes it correctly. In general, authorities are more suspicious of minors and college-age adults in possession of someone else's prescription.

Sharing medicine

Your medication may have worked wonders for you, and you have some pills left over. You know of someone close to you who suffers from the same ailment, so you figure you would offer the pills to that person. What could be the harm? After all, you are not selling the drugs, and you would save your friend some trouble and money. However, in the eyes of the law, this gift is equivalent to a sale and could land you in legal trouble.

Taking medications out of their bottle

Also, beware of taking your own prescription medications out of their bottles and putting them in something such as a baggie or pill box. For you to stay legally compliant, your prescription medications should stay in their original containers.