Possession and Trafficking
Whether they are street drugs or recreationally used pharmaceuticals, the police and the court system treat all illegal drug-related crimes the same. Police know that people who use and/or traffic any types of narcotics will often fall into additional forms of crime and contribute to petty and violent crime in a community. Therefore they take it very seriously if you’re caught with personal use prescriptions attained illegally, or if you’ve been caught for either distribution or intent to traffic prescription drugs.
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in Canada makes it illegal to possess, administer, market, or sell prescription drugs without the correct certification, and licensing. In some circumstances, drug crimes regarding prescription drugs can have harsher penalties than illegal drugs such as marihuana.
Common Types of Prescription Drugs
Many types of legally obtained prescription drugs find themselves into the community for recreational use. These include painkillers, anti-anxiety medication, and stimulants. Some brands include:
Many of these prescription drugs mimic common street drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine. Some even have identical chemical structures. Medications such as these are as harmful as any drug found on the street if abused, and can be highly addictive.
If you’re caught with one of these drugs in a recreational setting and you cannot prove that the prescription drug has been legitimately obtained, you could face charges of possession of a controlled substance. If it is determined that you have or were planning to traffic these drugs, you will face a stiffer sentence in jail.
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If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, it is important that you contact our qualified drug lawyers. Our team has extensive experience working with the court system to help people just like you work through this very difficult time. Call us now!