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Don’t be tempted to share medication

Prescription drugs can help fight an illness, improve the user’s quality of life and serve other important purposes. It can leave those properly medicated wanting to help family or friends who seemingly experience similar health issues. However, doctors specifically write prescriptions for their patients, and the script is not valid for others. Moreover, it can lead to serious health issues that a prescribing doctor would recognize and avoid. The dangers include the potential for addiction, adverse reactions, and over medication.

Friends and family can pick up medication for loved ones unable to do so. It typically should be prearranged with the pharmacist. The helper should also leave the drugs in their prescription container and bag. Those caught illegally transporting prescription drugs can face charges. It is also worth noting that both the prescribed person who shares and the person without a who receives the medication can face charges for violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

The penalties

Drug charges will quickly escalate to serious felonies if the person intends to distribute or sell their medication. These can even become federal charges that can land you in jail for 10 to 30 years. Possession of smaller amounts or drugs that are less dangerous can reduce the charges.

It’s best to take the charges seriously

Drug charges can impact the defendant’s life in many ways, even if you did not intend to commit a crime or did not think it was a big deal. So it is always smart to fight to reduce the charges and penalties. This proactive approach can minimize the charges’ impact upon present and future prospects.