Oklahoma Watch reports in a 2016 article that 59% of fatal overdoses in Oklahoma were from prescription drug abuse. The three leading prescription drugs causing overdoses were: Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam (Xanax). Some doctors report that people come in with overdoses who have habits reaching close to $300/day on prescription pills. As a result, Oklahoma increased penalties on possession of prescription drugs. Fortunately for you our Okmulgee criminal lawyers have years of experience dealing with drug crimes.
Laws Against Possession of Prescription Drugs
Oklahoma abides by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act under O.S. Title 63. This labels the majority of prescription pills as Schedule II drugs. These types of drugs have a stimulant or depressant effect on the central nervous system. Title 63 §2-205 provides a list of ingredients that make up many of the prescription drugs under Schedule II.
These prescriptions have certain protocol attached to their distribution by pharmacies. They must come from a valid prescription. So the doctor prescribing the pills must have a valid license. Once the prescription is sent to the pharmacy, it must be double checked. This ensures the original prescription matches the electronic prescription the pharmacy receives and avoids prescription fraud. It also allows the pharmacy to provide a checks and balances on patients who receive large doses of potentially addictive drugs.
Punishments for Possession of Prescription Drugs
It is common knowledge that Oklahoma has very strict drug laws. In fact, the narcotic drug laws in Oklahoma recently became more stringent with the passing of harsher laws in 2014. This puts prescription drugs in the Schedule II category and makes all possession crimes felonies. The punishments can range from 2 years in jail to a life term. Title 63 §2-401 also provides fine amounts. These can range from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the amount of prescription drugs in your possession.
Okmulgee Legal Help
Our Okmulgee criminal lawyers know that fighting possession of prescription drugs is hard to do alone. We have years of experience helping clients out of tough situations like these. The skills and knowledge of an attorney is invaluable to your chances of getting a favorable verdict. Call our offices for a free consultation 918.621.8083