What is the law about carrying loose medication with you, not in the bottle even if you have a prescription for the drugs? 15 Answers as of November 25, 2012

3 pills loose, they were not in script bottles although have a script for the drugs.

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
IN GA it is illegal to remove pills from the original container. You cannot carry pills outside of the container.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 11/25/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Well you would have to bring in the prescription to court and show that you had the substance legally.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/9/2012
Natty Shafer Law
Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
In Utah, you are allowed to put your prescription drugs in a different container, but you must keep the original bottle, which it sounds like you have done.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 11/8/2012
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
You still may be charged with possession of a controlled substance. However, producing the prescription may prevent a conviction.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2012
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
Controlled substances carried on your person must be in the prescription bottle. Carrying pills in this manner is often used by the police as a pretext to search you and your vehicle. If you can establish that you in fact have a prescription, a prosecutor may not hold out for a particularly serious outcome. You should be aware, however, that police and prosecutors may jump to the conclusion that you are selling controlled substances under these circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 11/8/2012
    Law Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr. | Edmund P. Allen Jr.
    In Washington, you technically are required to keep the pills in their original containers.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
    It is illegal to have prescription drugs unless they are in the prescription bottle. This is a stupid law, as most drug laws are, and to make it worse, anyone in the car or house can be charged with possession of drugs if they are not in the pocket of one person. You can even be charges with a B felony possession with intent to sell that carries up to 9 years in prison for some pills just because the person had them out of the bottle. This country is in grave need of a total reform of the drug laws.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Be careful and stop making excuses. Carry your medication in the bottle in which it was given to you.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    You could be charged with possession or intent to sell. All medication needs to be in container to prevent such misunderstandings. One could later prove you have a prescription, but have to prove those loose pills came from the container and not purchased our ready to sell. Hard to prove.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Technically they must be in the bottle under federal law.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If you carry with you the script, and the script is currently legal, you can probably legally carry them with you, as the law says you cannot possess illegal drugs. I would suggest carrying them in the original bottle, though. it may avoid problems in the future.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    It is illegal to carry outside the bottle. If you have the prescription we may be able to get the charge dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Keep them in the bottle, you can be arrested if you do not.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    If you have a current prescription for the medication it should not matter how you carry the medication, however that is clearly not the way the authorities are reaction to your case. Get as good attorney now.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/6/2012
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren | Russell A. Warren
    All prescription medication authorized to you must be carried in the original prescription bottle. To do otherwise is a "Felony"! Likewise, you are not allowed to have anothers prescription medication on you as that as well is a Felony.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 11/6/2012
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