Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law
Local: 314-282-8657
Toll Free: 800-748-2105

Abusing prescription drugs is illegal

When most people hear the term "drug crimes," they may imagine illicit substances such as marijuana, heroin or methamphetamine. While these illegal substances are certainly an issue, the umbrella of drug crimes is much wider. It also includes prescription medications

It is unlawful to use prescription medications without a prescription, and the same applies to distributing them. Misusing prescription medications can result in jail time and hefty fines. 

Common drugs

There are plenty of drugs that people in the United States abuse, but here are the most prevalent categories and common brand names:

  • Opioids/Narcotics: OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Dilaudid, Lorcet, Tylox and Percodan
  • Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta
  • Depressants: Xanax, Valium and Librium

Many people improperly use these drugs because they are relatively inexpensive and accessible in comparison to street drugs such as heroin and meth. 

Methods of obtaining and distributing prescription drugs

Individuals gain access to these drugs using several methods. Some individuals visit several doctors, lie about their medications and receive numerous prescriptions. In other cases, people steal drugs from family members, friends or pharmacies. Some people who have valid prescriptions sell or give away medications. Additionally, some pharmacists, nurses and doctors steal or fraudulently sell prescription drugs.

Health risks

There are several risks of abusing prescription drugs, depending on the type. Depressants often cause respiratory issues, seizures, memory issues and a slower heart rate. Opioid and narcotic abuse can cause low blood pressure, a reduction in breathing and risk of coma. Stimulants may result in irregular heart rate, high body temperature, fatal seizure, paranoia, hallucinations, aggressiveness and cardiovascular system failure. Overdose can result in coma or death. People who abuse any of these drugs via injection also face the risk of blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV. 

Criminal consequences

Those who abuse prescription medications may face criminal charges. Unlawfully possessing and distributing drugs is against the law and punishable by imprisonment, fines and a criminal record.

It is imperative that you enlist the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who can minimize the impact of criminal charges and help obtain treatment for addiction if that is appropriate.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
AV Preeminent The National Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Top 50 Avvo Rating Avvo Rating 10
The Bar Association Of Metropolitan St Louis Illinois State Bar Association St Louis Business Journal National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers The Missouri Bar
St Louis County Bar Association Up Coming Missouri Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Contact us for a consultation

Ready To Protect Your Rights

We invite you to make an appointment with us to discuss your legal needs. You can reach us online or by calling us at 314-282-8657.

We provide representation in Missouri, Illinois and federal courts across the nation. Lawyers from around the country refer clients to us, knowing we will deliver the superior level of representation to their clients they would expect from themselves.

Receive the trusted counsel you deserve. Contact us for a consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

7710 Carondelet Avenue
Suite 350
St. Louis, MO 63105

Toll Free: 800-748-2105
Phone: 314-282-8657
St. Louis Law Office Map