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Selling or giving away your prescription pills can result in jail

You had a surgery or recently completed treatment for an injury. You're feeling a lot better, and you have no need for that powerful synthetic pain medication prescribed by your doctor. Then, someone you know, maybe a friend or co-worker, sees the pills in your cabinet or purse and offers to buy them. You aren't taking them, and who doesn't like a little extra cash?

Unfortunately, by agreeing to give or sell your pain medication to someone else, you're committing a serious crime. Under Missouri law, delivery of a controlled substance is a felony. If your friend or co-worker gets caught with those pills, you could end up in a lot of legal trouble. In some cases, people on prescribed medication that wasn't theirs have died or crashed vehicles, resulting in lawsuits and criminal charges against the person who provided the pills.

Felony charges carry major criminal penalties

Under Missouri law, you could be facing a Class C felony. For those who are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, the standard penalty for a Class C felony is at least three years, but potentially up to ten years, in jail. Even if you didn't make money or intend to break the law, you could face as much as a decade in prison.

Because of how serious these penalties could be, you need to look at all your options when it comes to defending against charges. You should not assume that just because this is your first offense that the courts will be lenient. With an increase in the abuse of opioids, opiates and heroin, judges may be more likely to hand down maximum penalties to deter others from contributing to this epidemic.

Addiction has become a serious issue, any many people believe that stricter penalties for those who supply or sell drugs is a sound way to deter their sale and use. Even if you only do it one time, you could end up being used to set an example for others.

Have excess medication safely destroyed

If you don't need all of the pills included in your prescription, the best option is to seek out immediate and legal means of disposal. Most times, that means taking the pills to the local branch of your pharmacy or to police stations in some cases. Properly disposing of your unused pain medication ensures that you won't find yourself in a bad legal situation.

Even if you know you would never sell or give them away, your spouse or your child could take them, or sell the meds. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to dispose of unused pills as soon as you know you won't need them.

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