16 May. 2016

What is Prescription Drug Fraud?

Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

Prescription drugs are only legal when an individual has been given a prescription by their physician or other licensed medical professional, and only in the amount designated in the prescription. Distributing and abusing prescription drugs for which you do not have a prescription is a crime in Florida, and is harshly punished with incarceration, fines reaching thousands of dollars, and more.

There are many different types of prescription drug fraud. These include:

  • Forging a prescription for a controlled medication
  • Possessing a controlled substance without a prescription
  • Supplying medication to an addicted person
  • Doctor shopping
  • Operating or obtaining medication from a pill mill

Prescription drug fraud is a nationwide problem, but it is especially prevalent in Florida. Law enforcement routinely arrests people for “doctor shopping,” in which patients visit several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions. “Pill mills” are another serious problem in Florida, in which doctors or medical clinics illegally dispense or prescribe medication to patients who have no legitimate need for the drug.

The following are commonly abused prescription drugs in Florida:

  • Methadone (Palladone, Dialudid)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Amphetamine (Adderall)
  • Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)

If you have been accused of prescription drug fraud in Florida, you should immediately contact an experienced Tampa drug crimes attorney at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law. Our firm has more than 75 years of combined experience helping clients like you and know what it takes to achieve favorable outcomes in drug cases. With your freedom and future on the line, don’t delay in giving us a call.

Request your free and confidential consultation when you call (813) 774-3341.

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