In Virginia and across the nation, we have a growing opioid crisis. Unfortunately, many people abuse a system that contains vital painkillers. Opioids are not the only abused prescription drugs, though.

Today we will look at prescription drug abuse. In particular, we will look at prescriptions that are often misused. You may face potential consequences if found with unlawful prescription drugs. We will examine this possibility as well.

Commonly abused prescription medication

VeryWell Mind states it well. Using prescription medication you are not prescribed is illegal. Of course, this does not stop everyone. There are three classes of prescription medications that see the most abuse. This includes opioids, stimulants and central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Opioids include painkillers like morphine. Stimulants include Ritalin and Adderall. CNS depressants include sedatives and tranquilizers.

Buying and selling prescription drugs

When it comes to the law, there are several ways you can get in trouble. One is by illegally buying prescription drugs from the black market. Another is by carrying your own prescription drugs in unmarked containers. An officer may assume you intend to sell the medication if you do this. Buying and selling prescription drugs are both illegal actions. Doing either of these things can result in hefty penalties. In fact, you may even face time in jail.

Each state handles prescription drug related charges in a different way. But one thing is important to know. Many people think prescription drug crimes are less severe than illicit drug crimes. In reality, both crimes have heavy penalties. If you end up facing prescription drug charges, a conviction could hurt you.