Before using a drug, whether you have acquired it through prescription or otherwise, it is important to be aware of the laws regarding its use. Amphetamines are a class of drugs that have very specific laws, due to their classification as a Schedule II controlled substance. Schedule II drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse and can cause both physical and psychological dependence when used inappropriately.
Because Schedule II drugs are associated with such great risks, they can only be prescribed with extreme restrictions. This means that there must be specific laws in place for the possession, abuse, and distribution of amphetamines. Failure to abide by these laws may result in legal and financial consequences.
It is also important to note that federal and state laws may differ greatly. In order to be sure of the laws that apply to you, refer to your state’s official government website regarding controlled substances.
Possession of Amphetamines without a Prescription
Even though amphetamines are prescription drugs, rather than illicit street drugs, they are still dangerous and illegal to possess without a prescription. This includes purchasing amphetamines from a dealer as well as simply borrowing a pill or two from a friend. If you feel that you should be on amphetamines for any medical reason, discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider rather than illegally purchasing drugs without a prescription.
Distributing Your Amphetamines to Others
One particular drug crime that many people consider to be harmless is the distribution of their prescription amphetamines. This includes selling and giving away amphetamines to another person, even when done with good intentions. In fact, many people with amphetamine prescriptions have given a dose or two to friends or family when they truly seem to need it. Unfortunately, it is both dangerous and illegal to pass off your prescription to another person in any way. If you feel pressured by others to lend them your amphetamines, recommend that they talk with their healthcare provider.
Even if you have a valid prescription for your amphetamines and you are using them as directed, there are still additional laws that must be noted. Many people, for example, like to carry their prescription drugs around in a weekly pill divider. Doing so helps people to keep up with their medication regimen and ensure that doses are not forgotten. However, it is actually illegal to possess amphetamines without also carrying proof of a valid prescription.
Abusing Your Own Amphetamine Prescription
Many people are quick to assume that purchasing amphetamines through a prescription entitles them to use them however they want. Even with your own prescription, amphetamines are not to be used in ways other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose than prescribed as a way of achieving a high. Just because the amphetamines are prescribed to you does not guarantee their safety when abused. Most states do not have an effective way of regulating personal amphetamine abuse and therefore do not have laws regarding this matter. However, individuals who abuse their prescription should be aware of the risks of side effects and addiction.
Get Help for Amphetamine Addiction
Abuse of amphetamines can lead to serious health and legal consequences. Therefore, if you or someone you know suffers from amphetamine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about amphetamine addiction treatment.