Not everyone who needs medication has insurance to cover the cost of the drugs they require. Other people may have previously had a prescription that ended because their doctor no longer thinks the medication is necessary.

If you tried to secure medication from friends, family members or co-workers, you may think there is a little risk involved with the voluntary transfer of legally-prescribed medication from one individual to another.

However, under Minnesota’s controlled substances or legend drugs laws, possessing a drug without a prescription or transferring it to another person constitutes a criminal act.

There are strict rules about who can possess legend drugs

Prescription medications have rules in place about their possession or sale intended to protect the public. Although prescribed drugs have medical value, they can be dangerous if used improperly. Some of them, ranging from psychiatric drugs to pain relief medication, can also produce psychological or even physical dependency in patients.

In order to reduce the number of people subject to addiction and protect the public from potentially harmful misuse of medication, there are strict rules about their possession, transfer and use. In general, only licensed medical professionals and those with valid prescriptions from licensed professionals can possess or take prescription drugs.

Those who get caught transferring drugs to someone else or using another person’s prescription medication could face criminal consequences. The same is true of someone who transfers medication to another person only to have that individual suffer a negative reaction or to commit a crime while under the influence of that medication.

Prescription drug offenses carry serious consequences and demand the attention of someone familiar with Minnesota law and drug charges.