Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in America for years, now. While there are some drugs that are targeted more than others, the sheer volume of prescription drugs that have been illegally obtained is estimated to be in the vein of tens of billions of dollars, every year. Most prescription drug fraud is done to fuel a drug addiction, though there are also many people who commit fraud in order to sell the drugs that they get.
But what is prescription drug fraud, exactly? And how does it work?
Prescription drugs are the drugs which you can’t get on your own, because the government has set up safeguards against their abuse. This safeguard is the prescription, which has to be written by a doctor in their normal course of business.
Because people can get creative with how to get prescription drugs without getting the prescription first, the law doesn’t state a bunch of ways to get them that are illegal: If it did, people would find another way, fast. Because of this, the law is vague, and makes it illegal to get prescription drugs using anything other than a prescription. If you get prescription drugs by doing something to get around the need for a doctor’s prescription, then you’ve committed prescription drug fraud.
Because the law is vague, there’s no one way to commit prescription fraud. Here are some of the many ways that have been determined to be illegal prescription fraud:
The penalties for prescription fraud are steep, and include up to five years in prison. An experienced drug crimes defense attorney like William T. Bly can help immensely. After listening to the details of your case, William T. Bly can determine your best defense arguments, challenge the weakest parts of the prosecution’s case, and work to exclude their strongest pieces of evidence. Call his law office at (207) 571-8146.
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