There are many medications that you cannot get without a prescription. However, once you go to the doctor and get that prescription, it is perfectly legal to have and use these medications. They are controlled substances, but there are legal ways to use them, and millions of people do so every day.
But what if you have a friend with a similar ailment, who hasn’t gone to the doctor yet? Are you allowed to share the medicine that you already got with your prescription so that they can get the relief they need? Or perhaps they just want to try it out before going to the doctor so that they can get their own prescription, as they’re wondering if it will work in their case. Can you help them out?
Sharing prescriptions is actually illegal
Your goal may simply be to provide help and assistance to someone you love who needs it, but the reality is that doing this is illegal. The only reason that prescription medications are legal is that you have a prescription in your name for that very specific drug, to be used in a specific way. Breaking the regulations of that prescription — such as by giving the medicine to someone who isn’t named in the documentation — is a violation of these controlled substances laws.
As you can see, though, it may be very easy to fall into this trap because you’re honestly trying to help and you know that the medications are legally in your possession. If you find yourself facing charges over a simple mistake, you need to know what legal options you have.