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If you shared your prescriptions, you could face charges

You have a prescription for strong opioid medications, but you never thought you'd end up in trouble over it. You just don't take as many as you're prescribed, so you have a collection of pills.

When your co-worker needed medicine for a bad headache, you offered one of your pain pills. In your mind, giving them the medicine wasn't a big deal, especially since they had taken it in the past.

Someone else saw you giving the drugs to them, and human resources talked to you. They ended up calling the police and had you reported for dealing drugs on the job. That's not at all what you intended to have happen.

What do you do if you're accused of dealing prescription drugs?

The first thing to remember is that you should never share your prescription medications. Even though you're trying to be helpful, giving someone else medications they haven't been prescribed could cause injuries or interactions.

Secondly, a prescription is only designed to be used by you. If you give away, sell or transfer the drugs into someone else's possession, then you may be accused of dealing drugs.

Controlled substances, like medications requiring a prescription, should only be used by the person that they were prescribed for. Your opioid medications likely fall under the Controlled Substances Act's Schedule II category, which could mean that you would face serious charges, fines and possible jail time for selling or giving away those drugs.

If you're accused of doing so, it's important to protect yourself. Drug dealing is a serious offense, and it is smart to have someone on your side to help protect your rights.

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