Many people remain unfamiliar with the long-term effects of chronic pain, as well as the possible addiction that can transpire from the medications involved in trying to provide relief. However, you might be able to identify with getting a headache if you start your day without coffee or craving sweets when you feel stressed.
Considering the nationwide opioid crisis, you probably know somehow who has suffered from a serious withdrawal, as problems with prescription drug abuse continue to increase. And while some people may be unaware of the serious consequences related to the misuse of prescribed medications, one Florida man recently set himself up for much more than he had expected.
When criminal charges are more than you bargained for
Peter Emery, 56, wanted opioids. But when his roommate, Jayme Ream, suspected Emery might be stealing pain medications from Ream’s lock box, Ream established a plan to put an end to the theft.
After substituting laxatives for hydrocodone acetaminophen, Ream set up a camera and recorded Emery helping himself to Ream’s medicine. Considering the different side effects of the pills he got, it might be fair to say Emery’s strategy did not have the desired effect. And, while Emery already has a record of theft convictions, he now faces felony charges for multiple counts of petit theft.
Regulations for prescription drugs
Although the full details in Emery’s case remain unknown to the public, it is important to remember that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has set regulations to control prescription medications. These controlled substances must not be shared or sold. And matters worsen when theft is involved.
In addition to the DEA registration number, required information on a prescription includes the:
- Patient’s full name
- Name of the drug
- Amount of the drug prescribed
- Strength of the medication
- Number of authorized refills
- Directions for use
Doctors prescribe medications for very specific purposes, with the intent of treating a condition under medical supervision. Taking matters into your own hands could result in serious harm to your body. And using a drug that was not prescribed to you could result in legal trouble. Considering the potential problems which could arise from trying to treat yourself, it would be wise to consult with your medical provider if you are in pain.