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Will I get in trouble for sharing prescriptions with friends or family?

If you are unwell and go to the doctor, you may be given a prescription to help with your symptoms. That prescription medication is specifically for you and is only prescribed after looking at your symptoms, your medical history and many other factors.

If you don’t use all of your prescription medications, you may think that it would be fine to share them with those you care about. After all, they may have a similar prescription or even the same one.

Can you, though?

Sharing prescription drugs is illegal in Ohio

In Ohio, as well as in many other states, it is not legal to share your prescription medications with others even if they take the same one. The reason for this is that certain prescriptions are given out in specific quantities. For instance, your medical provider may have given you 10 pills to help with anxiety and need to monitor how many you’re taking over time to prevent substance abuse concerns.

If you sell those or give them away to friends or family, they could be taking more than they should. They could also have serious side effects happen if they’re taking medications that cannot be mixed with your prescription.

It may seem harmless to share drugs, but you could face drug charges

While it might seem like it’s harmless and that you know what you’re doing when you share drugs with those you know, the reality is that it could be harmful and that you could face serious criminal penalties.

In Ohio, it’s illegal to share your medications with anyone who isn’t listed on the prescription bottle. If you violate that rule, you can face drug charges for selling or trafficking drugs, which could lead to time in jail, heavy financial penalties and other punishments.

What should you do if you’re accused of drug crimes?

If you are accused of committing a drug crime, you need to think about defending yourself. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, but you may be able to minimize the penalties you face if you look into the evidence that is against you and how to counter it.