Can I Get In Trouble For Sharing Prescription Drugs?

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2023 | Criminal Charges |

Sharing prescription drugs is a crime in Pennsylvania.

You can even potentially face felony drug trafficking charges, but every case is different with circumstantial considerations.

Commonly Shared Drugs Among College Students

College students often share prescription drugs with little understanding of the consequences. Common examples of drugs found on college campuses include:

  • Medications used to treat ADHD, such as Dexedrine and Adderall
  • Anti-anxiety medications, such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium
  • Opioids, such as Demerol, Vicodin, morphine and OxyContin

Most controlled substances have a higher risk of side effects and dependence.

Penalties And Sentencing For Sharing Prescription Drugs

The penalties depend on the charges. For example, if faced with a possession charge as a first-time offender, you could receive up to a year in prison or a $5,000 fine if convicted. Trafficking could result in five years or more in prison. If prescription sharing results in death, Pennsylvania law classifies that as a first-degree felony, which can have profound and lasting implications, including prison time, inability to get student loans, employment issues and difficulty obtaining a professional license.

Possible Defenses For Drug Possession Or Distribution

A drug charge is not a conviction. You can make arguments that could lessen or negate your charges or penalties. For example, legal possession is a common defense for a drug possession charge. Proof of illegal search and seizure could result in the suppression of evidence. Other possible claims include lack of intent or lack of knowledge of possession.

When facing a drug distribution or possession charge, you have legal options.