Giving away prescription drugs

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Latest post Thu, Apr 20 2006 2:38 PM by Puck. 5 replies.
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 10:47 AM

    • Puck
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    Question [=?] Giving away prescription drugs

    Is this in any way illegal?

    A friend of mine had an injury, and was receiving non-narcotic prescription pain relievers. He is now well, but has nearly a full prescription bottle of these pills.

    Meanwhile, his mother takes the exact same pill, in the exact same dosage/strength, for a chronic condition. Can he give her his leftover pills? Is there anything illegal about this? If she's caught with his prescription, will she be in trouble?

    Would the answer change if the prescription was for a narcotic?
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 10:59 AM In reply to

    • sjm
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    re: Giving away prescription drugs

    First, tell her not to drive around with the pills.. She can leave them at home when she goes out...And yes..It is illegal to have someone else's prescription in your possesion...
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 11:09 AM In reply to


    Feedback [*=*] re: Giving away prescription drugs

    People do it all the time but yes, it is illegal. When a medication is dispensed by prescription, it's a controlled substance. Possession of a controlled substance without a script or passing it along to someone else are both crimes.
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 11:36 AM In reply to

    Feedback [*=*] re: Giving away prescription drugs

    >>>>Can he give her his leftover pills? Is there anything illegal about this? If she's caught with his prescription, will she be in trouble?

    Although possession of prescription drugs is lawful in most cases, possession of such drugs without a prescription or, in some circumstances, even with a prescription, can be unlawful. It is a crime to possess a controlled substance that may only be furnished by prescription without having such a prescription.

    Too see how one state, California, regulates this, see Business and Professions Code §4060; People v. Kennedy, 91 Cal.App.4th 288, 291-297, 110 Cal.Rptr.2d 203 (2001) (illegal possession of valium).

    >>>>Would the answer change if the prescription was for a narcotic?

    The answer would be the same, the offense would likely be more serious.
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 1:15 PM In reply to

    • LynnM
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    re: Giving away prescription drugs

    Yes it's illegal.

    Of course, if she put the pills in her own prescription bottle how would anyone know where they came from?
  • Thu, Apr 20 2006 2:38 PM In reply to

    • Puck
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    Thanks, everyone!....eom

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