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Do the police consider your prescription medication illegal?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Drug Crimes |

Oklahoma police who find pills inside a vehicle or on you may run a test to confirm their chemical composition. Do you need to worry that your loose pills may contain an illegal substance?

The law considers some chemicals illegal, even those in prescription medication. If the pills you carry belong to you, can the police charge you with a criminal offense?

What are the drugs made of?

Some prescription medications contain chemical components that make them dangerous for those who do not need them. The DEA publishes a list of drug classifications that list common ingredients and the likelihood that users may become addicted to them. Schedule I drugs have no medical value and the highest abuse and addiction rate. Schedule V drugs have the lowest chance of abuse or mishandling.

There is various prescription medication that falls within the Schedule II classification. These drugs have a high rate of abuse and addiction. These include:

  • Vicodin
  • Dilaudid
  • Adderall
  • OxyContin

Do you have a valid prescription?

If you have prescription medication on your person or vehicle, it should remain in its container. Do not mix pills in containers, and do not put anyone else’s prescription medication in with yours. The police may want confirmation that the prescription is yours and valid, and depending on the classification, you do not have too much of it in your possession.

The safest practice for transporting your prescription is in its original container. If your medication contains certain chemicals, you may also need to remain alert as to when you should and should not take it and find yourself driving under the influence.