Sharing Prescription Drugs

Sharing prescription drugs with friends and family members is dangerous and against the law. Before handing out single pills or an entire bottle, study the health and criminal repercussions associated with sharing prescription drugs.

Health consequences

Photo by: Dawn McIlvain Stahl

Photo by: Dawn McIlvain Stahl

When a prescription is written out for a patient, the doctor has the patient’s vitals as well as their medical records to be certain that the prescription is safe for them to consume. When a prescription is shared, there is no way for the patient or the person with whom they are sharing prescription drugs with to ensure no unforeseen reactions of complications. Even without abuse amounts, sharing prescription drugs with a family member or a friend could unknowingly end their life.

Enabling an addiction

US code 21-829 states “It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute a controlled substance in schedule I or II to another except in pursuance of a written order of the person to whom such substance is distributed […]” Sharing prescription drugs can bring criminal penalties, especially if they are considered highly addictive. The reason for this is their higher potential to cause dependency problems and the fact that they are very often abused. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse kills about 20,000 people every year. This number is roughly the same amount that is killed from illegal drugs such as meth and heroin.

Charges for sharing prescription drugs

Many prescriptions are considered controlled substances because of how addictive they are. When sharing prescription drugs, the generous friend can face charges for distribution while the needy friend may be looking at possession charges for having a prescription not in their name. For help with current charges stemming from sharing prescription drugs, call a criminal defense attorney.

Marijuana Cultivation in Utah

Four young adults were arrested in Cache County, Utah for multiple drug charges including marijuana cultivation.

Photo by: Mark

Photo by: Mark

Drug Raid in Northern Utah

During a raid on a Logan Utah home on July 21st 2015, four people between the ages of 18 and 21 years old were arrested when officers arrived at the home in the early morning hours with a search warrant.  Located inside with the four individuals were two pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, and two marijuana plants.  Since the plants were found, marijuana cultivation will be added to the possession charges.

Illegal gardening

Whether it’s a mini garden consisting of a couple plants in a home closet or hundreds of plants spread across acres of land, marijuana cultivation is against the law in the state of Utah.  While neighboring states may be relaxing laws regarding possession and marijuana cultivation, Utah so far has not.  Those found guilty of marijuana cultivation can face up to five years in prison.

Law and penalties for marijuana cultivation

Utah code 58-37-8 states that “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally produce, manufacture, or dispense, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance.”  Any person found violating this law in regards to marijuana is guilty of a 3rd degree felony while repeat offenses would be 2nd degree felonies.

In due time

Excluding the nineteen states where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes; four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use as well.  All of those states where recreational marijuana use is legal are surrounding Utah in the western United States.  It’s just a matter of time before the majority of the states including Utah have similar laws.  Until then, possession or marijuana cultivation is not worth the consequences.  For more information on marijuana laws, or to seek counsel regarding possession or marijuana cultivation charges, contact a criminal defense attorney.