A prescription drug is medication that cannot be legally purchased or possessed without a valid prescription from an authorized medical professional. For example, doctors and dentists can write valid prescriptions to patients. Due to the difficulty of obtaining prescription drugs legally, there is a sizable black market for people who sell prescription drugs that they have obtained illegally such as through pill mills.
Prescription fraud occurs when an individual illegally acquires prescription drugs for either profit or personal use.
Obtaining prescriptions for illegal profit or use can happen in many ways such as:
Frequently abused prescription drugs connected to prescription fraud are:
Yes. It is illegal for anyone to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance such as a prescription drug by using any type of fraud.
Criminal fraud is any act where a person intends to deceive someone via a false representation of a fact. That fact is relied upon by the individual to her legal detriment. By making a false representation such as forging a valid prescription, a person is committing fraud. For example, a doctor may be lead to believe the patient really needs pain medication when she just wants the prescription to sell to others.
It is still fraud, and thus illegal, even if you intend to use the drugs yourself and have no desire to sell them. Many people commit prescription fraud because they are addicted to the medication and cannot obtain a prescription for them from a doctor.
A prescription drug defense depends on the circumstances of the case. However, some general defenses include:
Prescription fraud is a serious crime that has severe consequences. If you are facing a prescription fraud charge, you should contact a criminal lawyer to understand more about the charge and defenses that may be available to you.
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