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Controlled substances and drug charges

Have you ever heard the term "controlled substance" and wondered what it means? Controlled substances are generally illegal drugs thought to have a detrimental effect on a person's health and welfare. However, certain controlled substances can be legal, if they are administered by prescription, under controlled circumstances.

A person found to be possessing a controlled substance illegally can be fined and held in prison by local, state and federal law enforcement based on the accusation of drug crimes based on local laws and regulations.

In Kansas, there are many laws related to controlled substances. The federal government also regulates the use, sale and possession of controlled substances. There are five main categories of controlled substances but the confusing thing is that some of these substances may have been prescribed by a doctor and thus one would be exempt from prosecution. However, if you, the person in possession of that substance, are not the person the drug was actually prescribed to, this falls back into illegal territory.

Commonly prescribed drugs, like Oxycontin, codeine and Xanax are all considered controlled substances. Surprised? It is somewhat confusing that prescribed drugs can also be found to be illicit drugs in certain circumstances. For instance, most people are aware that heroin, methamphetamine and crack-cocaine are illegal drugs as they aren't generally found in any pharmacy or store. However, just because a drug is prescribed doesn't make it an acceptable legal drug in every situation.

The overall laws on illicit drugs are in place in hopes of keeping people safe. However, these laws can sometimes be over-encompassing. If you or a loved one is facing charges related to drug crimes, it could have a serious and life-changing impact. Do not take it lightly by failing to prepare a criminal defense that is best for the accused.

Source: criminal.findlaw.com, "What is a Controlled Substance?," Accessed January 29, 2018

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