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While the current public perception of recreational and prescription drug use is shifting, federal and state laws surrounding drugs are slower to catch up. When an individual is believed to have misused any controlled substance, they may be facing charges over a potential drug crime.

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Prosecuting the Use of Controlled Substances

Drug crimes cover a wide swath of laws. Broadly, any violation including the use or misuse of a chemical substance that alters the function of a living creature or the microorganisms within that creature can be classified as some kind of drug crime. However, when the average person is brought up on drug charges it is usually for one of three things: misuse, possession, or distribution and paraphernalia.

Misuse Crimes

In the United States, the use of a controlled substance must be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription. An individual who is prescribed a drug must take it exactly as prescribed and never share the drug with anyone else. Even if the drugs were issued as part of a valid prescription, if the use of the drug is recreational or for any purpose other than the one it was prescribed for, then the individual misusing the drugs may be found criminally liable. This is most common in pain medications like opioids or ADHD medications like Adderall.

Possession Crimes

Some drugs are considered so dangerous by the state that the mere possession of any amount can be criminal. Historically marijuana has been a drug that caused many people to be arrested for having it on their person or in their vehicle. Other drugs that are illegal to possess include cocaine, methamphetamines, PCP, LSD, heroin, fentanyl, and MDMA.

Distribution and Paraphernalia Crimes

Distribution crimes refer to any time that an individual sells or gives a controlled substance to another without being a prescriber or legal distributor. This can include giving Adderall to a friend as well as selling cocaine or heroin. The amount given is not as important as the fact that the individual is illegally spreading drugs to individuals who are not supposed to have them.

Paraphernalia crimes are slightly more abstract. On a federal level it is not illegal to simply possess items such as bongs or glass pipes. However some states have outlawed a number of drug-related items including scales and balances, syringes, or equipment for testing drug purity. Additionally, while possessing drug paraphernalia may not be illegal, if the items show any sign of use, the police may take it to be tested which may lead to a separate drug charge.

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Drug Crimes Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a drug crime?

A drug crime is a criminal charge associated with the use of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs. Drug crimes can include possession of an illegal substance, improperly distributing a controlled substance, or intending to sell an illegal substance.

2. What is considered a drug?

A drug can be any chemical substance that affects the function of living things and/or the organisms living within living things. In the U.S. drugs are divided into schedules to classify their danger. Even low level drugs with acknowledged medical uses, such as schedule III drugs, can be illegal if used improperly or without a prescription.

Schedule II drugs have a high potential for misuse and can form a physical or psychological dependency if used. Schedule II drugs include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine

Schedule I drugs are considered to have a high potential for misuse, no accepted medical benefits, and high likelihood of danger. Schedule I drugs include:

  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • LSD
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • PCP
  • Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)

Possession or use of a schedule I or II drug can often result in criminal charges being filed.

3. What is a drug test?

A drug test is an examination that attempts to determine whether the subject has ingested or used certain substances in the recent past. Drug tests can be performed on a subject’s hair, blood, urine, or spit.

4. What substances show on a drug test?

Different drug tests look for different substances. For example, drug panels used to examine olympic athletes mostly look for steroids or performance enhancers. A standard 10-panel drug test that a place of employment may order will likely include tests for the five most commonly abused prescription drugs, including opioids, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines, as well as the five most commonly used illicit street drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine, and PCP.  These tests may also detect medication that an employee is legally using such as Ritalin or Adderall.

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