Is It Illegal To Carry Your Xanax Prescription In The Original Container If The Label Is Worn And Hard To Read?
- July 22, 2016
- Posted by: Amir Ladan
- Category: Criminal Law Blog
“During a routine traffic stop, my friend was arrested and charged with drug trafficking for carrying her 3-month Xanax prescription. She suffers from panic disorder and has a non-expired prescription from a licensed psychiatrist. Her insurance company sends a 290 qty supply as her only option to receive her medicine. The laser printer her mail-order pharmacy uses creates poor quality labels. The arresting officer stated the label was too worn to read. My friend offered to provide her documentation to the officer (which was located at her home). She also offered her doctor’s name for a verification call. The officer refused to investigate further before arresting her.”
My answer: She has an excellent defense. It is not illegal but it is not uncommon for people to be arrested in similar circumstances. The police are prone to assuming the worst in such scenarios.