Utah Law Prohibits Moving Controlled Prescriptions to Different Container

Utah law has strict rules in place regarding controlled prescriptions, even prohibiting the type of container it is kept in.

Skip the weekly organizer

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Depending on how many different prescriptions an individual might be taking, it may be easier to condense medications to a pill organizer or a shared container, especially when traveling. Regrettably however, this may be against the law depending on what type of prescriptions are being dealt with.

Proper labeling and packaging

Utah law specifies what is expected in regards to proper labeling and packaging of prescribed controlled substances. Utah Code 58-37-7 ensures all controlled prescriptions are handled legally in a pharmacy with the required information on the outside of the bottle. Unknown by many Utah residents however, this section also defines rules on the handling of the controlled medication once it has left the pharmacy.

Original and undamaged pill bottle

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According to subsection (5) of Utah Code 58-37-7, “An individual to whom or for whose use any controlled substance has been prescribed, sold, or dispensed by a practitioner . . . may lawfully possess it only in the container in which it was delivered to him by the person selling or dispensing it.” Subsection (4) also warns that “a person may not alter the face or remove any label so long as any of the original contents remain.” This pertains only to controlled prescriptions including opiate based pain relief medications, stimulants such as diet pills and ADHD drugs, along with others according to the Utah Controlled Substances Act.

Keep your receipt or original container

If someone is caught with controlled pills and they are in a container other that the one it came in or if the label has been removed, that person may end up being charged unless they can show the judge proof that the prescription they had on them was legitimately prescribed to them by a doctor. For those that don’t want to risk the hassle of having to appear in court, it is best to keep controlled prescriptions in their own bottles at all times.


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