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Writing a false prescription can lead to criminal charges

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2023 | Drug Charges, Felonies

You might think that all controlled substances are produced and sold by underground criminal organizations. However, not all controlled substances are like this – some are available as prescription drugs and medication.

Drugs like oxycodone, methylphenidate, diazepam and morphine have legitimate uses for treatment. But their users can also abuse them like any other dangerous controlled substance for their intoxicating or stimulating effects. This is why people can’t usually purchase these drugs from pharmacies unless they have a proper doctor’s prescription.

Some persons might think it would be a smart idea to create a fake doctor’s prescription in order to get a hold of these drugs, for resale on illegal channels. This is a grave crime in Maryland, and violators convicted will face years of prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Fake prescriptions are illegal

According to Maryland law, it’s illegal for a person to make, issue or possess a false or altered prescription for a controlled substance – especially if the intent behind the fake prescription is to acquire enough of the substance to distribute. This offense is a felony, and a conviction leads to up to five years of imprisonment and $15,000 in fines.

In addition to the above penalties, a person convicted of making or possessing a false prescription must participate in a drug treatment program.

Which drugs fall under this category?

Generally speaking, Maryland’s fake prescription law is concerned with the drugs listed as Schedule II controlled substances, which have a high risk of causing severe psychological or physical dependence. These include things such as Ritalin, Adderall, opium, codeine and fentanyl.

Drug crimes are serious matters in Maryland. Even something like writing a fake prescription with the intent to distribute the substance is a heinous enough crime that’s punishable by prison time. If you’re facing this charge or a similar accusation related to alleged drug distribution, consider consulting with a legal professional who may be able to build you a strong defense case.