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Legal Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

Legal Consequences of Prescription Drug AbuseSome people abuse prescription drugs because it seems safe and easy. Prescription drugs are easy to obtain as you can get them from your own doctor and pharmacist. Even though you don’t have to go to an illegitimate source to buy prescription drugs for abuse, that doesn’t that you can abuse them inconsequentially. Abusing prescription drugs may seem simple and easy, but it is illegal and dangerous. Abusing prescription drugs carries as many risks as does abusing other drugs.

Legal Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

Even though prescription drugs are legal substances, it is illegal to abuse them. If you are caught abusing illegal drugs, you can suffer permanent legal consequences. Also, prescription drugs cause a high and buzz that hinders motor functioning, which means that prescription drug abuse can cause you to behave in ways that you wouldn’t ordinarily. If you are stopped while driving and are under the influence of prescription drugs, you can be arrested under a DUI (driving under the influence) charge as if you were driving under the influence of alcohol. Before you think it is ok to abuse prescription drugs, think again.

Legal Consequences of Forging Prescriptions

Some people obtain their prescription drugs in a normal and legal way at first, but once they start abusing the drugs they realize that they need more and more to feel normal. This means that they need to find a way to get more prescription drugs, which some people accomplish by forging prescriptions. They can do this by either altering a prescription that was already filled or writing a new prescription for themselves. This practice is illegal and can land you in jail anywhere from 6 months to a year. The last thing you want when you’re trying to deal with addiction recovery is to deal with jail time as well. Start overcoming your addiction the safe way, in a rehab center, and not the forced way, while serving a prison sentence.

What to Do about Prescription Drug Abuse

Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about prescription drug abuse, addiction and treatment. Our phone counselors can help you find the right treatment facilities and professionals to meet your needs, and they can even find out if your health insurance will help you pay for treatment. Don’t let prescription drug abuse control your life a moment longer. Call us right now and begin your recovery today.

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