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You can’t sell medication, but can you give it away?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2023 | Drug Crimes

You know that selling prescription medication is illegal. For one thing, there’s been something of an epidemic in the United States regarding the use of painkillers. People are often using them for recreational purposes. Many arrests for drug dealing come from those who are selling these medications or selling prescriptions that allow people to obtain them.

But what if that isn’t your intent? You’re not trying to become a drug dealer or make an income off of selling pills. Maybe you just have extra painkillers that you didn’t need after an injury or surgery. Maybe someone close to you asks if they can have them, and you’re just trying to help. In a scenario like that, are you able to give them away?

This is still a form of drug dealing

You cannot give them away, and doing so could still lead to serious charges. The government still sees this as a type of drug dealing, even if it is accidental. You are never allowed to share prescription medications, and someone who doesn’t have the prescription is not allowed to possess them. If this law is violated, both of you could find yourselves facing serious charges.

Granted, the sentences may not be as strict for giving someone a few pills without understanding that you’re not allowed to do so as they would be if you were making tens of thousands of dollars a year intentionally selling pills. But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s legal and you could face fines and even jail time.

If you do find yourself in this position, remember that having a criminal record can have a drastic impact on the rest of your life. Be sure you are well aware of all of the legal defense strategies you can consider.