Prescription drugs are not legal for everyone. If you are not prescribed a medication by a doctor, you can go to jail, pay fines, and be convicted of various crimes associated prescription medication.
Both Kansas and Missouri have laws related to the unlawful use of prescription drugs. Furthermore, the states have implemented laws regarding the regulation of prescribed medication and exactly who is allowed to prescribe these substances.
Kansas Prescription Drug Laws
According to Kansas law, the unlawful possession and distribution of a prescription drug includes:
- Creating, altering, or signing of a prescription order by an individual other than a doctor or mid-level practitioner.
- Distributing a prescribed order, knowing it to have been created, altered, or signed by a person other than a doctor or mid-level practitioner.
- Possessing a prescribed drug with the knowledge that it has been obtained pursuant to a prescription order made, altered, or signed by an individual other than a doctor or mid-level practitioner.
- Providing false information to a doctor or mid-level practitioner in order to obtain a prescribed medication.
If you are found guilty of violating prescription drug laws in Kansas, it is considered a Class A nonperson misdemeanor. This type of misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,500. However, depending on the severity of the drug and the defendant’s prior criminal record, the charge may be increased to a felony.
Missouri Prescription Drug Laws
In Missouri, a pharmacist may sell and dispense prescribed medication to any individual who has a prescription from an authorized practitioner within the state. Additionally, all written prescriptions need to be signed by the individual who is prescribing the drug and must include the correct date, full name of the patient, and his or her address.
Unlawful possession of a prescription drug is considered a Class C felony, which results in a maximum prison sentence of seven years. If you are not able to show a valid prescription for the drug you possessed, or are accused of a forged prescription, a conviction carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison.