The leading cause of accidental death in the United States of America is overdose via prescription drugs. The sad reality of the situation is that many Americans abuse the prescription drugs they are prescribed, and worse, many recreationally take drugs that haven’t been prescribed to them.

It is against the law to be in possession of prescription drugs without the proper prescription. The prescription must be in your name. It is unlawful also to resell your prescription drugs to others. Penalties for possessing a controlled substance, such as non-prescribed drugs, range anywhere from misdemeanors to felonies. Both of which may land you serious jail time.

When you knowingly take a drug that hasn’t been prescribed to you, you put yourself in extreme danger. Part of a doctor’s job is to carefully administer prescription drugs tailored precisely to suit the needs of one person. He factors in allergic reactions and drug interactions, and without a doctor vigilantly overseeing the process, anything could go wrong. The amount and the pacing of prescription drug intake is often abused in the hands of amateurs, to disastrous results.

In 2013, the top 10 most abused prescription drugs were:

  • Xanax
  • Opana
  • Adderall
  • Lunesta
  • Zoloft
  • Ritalin
  • Ambien
  • Concerta
  • Suboxone
  • OxyContin

While the hazardousness of these drugs varies, misusing any prescription drug is potentially fatal. The penalties for possessing these drugs vary drug-by-drug, and depend on the volume of the drug found in your possession.

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If you’ve been caught with any of the drugs listed above, or any other illegal substance, you may be facing serious charges. These charges could lead to lengthy stays in prison or, at the very least, extended periods of probation. To help combat these charges, you need the technical acumen and ardent hard-work of New York’s most experienced drug crime attorneys: Kaplan Lawyers PC. We can help you mount a strong defense and strip years off any sentences you may incur. For a free consultation, contact us today.