Understanding prescription drug offenses in Florida

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Firm News

Controlled substances are drugs or chemicals that are heavily regulated by both federal and state governments due to their potential for abuse.

Most illicit drugs are controlled substances. However, governments have also identified certain prescription medications as controlled substances as well. What makes these substances possibly more dangerous than illegal drugs is that they’re much more readily available.

Some common controlled substances that also happen to be common prescription medications include oxycodone, methadone, codeine, diazepam and tramadol. These substances have a high potential for abuse, and some people will go to criminal lengths to acquire these drugs for non-medical use.

Florida takes prescription drug offenses seriously. The state has laws in place to combat the misuse of these substances. Severe penalties await those who violate these rules.

Possession without a prescription

According to state law, it’s illegal for persons to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was lawfully obtained from a medical practitioner or through a valid prescription. Those who violate this law commit a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and $5,000 in fines.

“Doctor shopping”

Doctor shopping is another punishable offense in Florida. It occurs when a patient withholds information, fakes symptoms or engages in any type of fraud to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance.

Doctor shopping is an offense in Florida. However, the state additionally prohibits individuals from making another request for a controlled substance when they’ve received medication of similar therapeutic use within the last 30 days. Doctor shopping is another third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years of prison and $5,000 in fines.

Florida’s prescription drug laws are in place to prevent abuse and trafficking. Understanding these laws is crucial to avoid unintentional offenses and the harsh penalties that can follow. Consider seeking immediate legal counsel if you face charges. Remember that a charge isn’t a conviction and that a legal professional can help you with your defense.


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