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    Default Re: Prescription drugs and carry

    I pretty sure he was right, it is a crime to have perscription drugs in any container that does not have the label from the pharmacy on it. I vaguely remember covering this.

    I will get a citation posted as soon as I get home
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    Unmarked, prescription-only drugs. Interesting question. It does highlight the absurdity of drug laws in this country, when possession of a small container full of little pills can be grounds for incarceration as well as the initialiser of a domino effect, with cascading criminal charges taking effect from the drug charge.

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    Default Re: Prescription drugs and carry

    Hello all ...

    Agree with Headcase here, as to PA I have not encountered any laws or regulations related to carry and prescription medications.

    This may not be the case elsewhere.
    North Carolina is a nearby example where folks enjoy reciprocity via a PA LTCF, UTAH CFP or FL CWP or similar but may encounter restrictions that differ from PA's (silent) standards.

    NC discourages carry while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    There is no distinction made between recreational alcohol vs OTC (Over the Counter) or prescription medications containing alcohol.
    Also addressed are illegal drugs and OTC or prescription medications.


    You may not, with or without a permit, carry a concealed weapon while consuming
    alcohol or while alcohol or any substance, controlled or otherwise, is in your blood
    unless the substance was obtained legally and taken in therapeutically appropriate
    amounts.


    source: NC DOJ
    The recurring phrase offered in training in NC was that OTC or prescription drugs were generally acceptable when present in the body / bloodstream at or below their common prescribed or therapeutic value.

    Example (OTC / prescription items containing alcohol):

    -- Prescription and OTC cough and cold medications may have a substantial amount of alcohol
    (NyQuil is a prime example here; it has more alcohol than many recreational alcohol items that must be purchased in a State Store here in PA but is available in most any drug store or grocery store; how many of us have "taken a swig from the bottle" rather than use the supplied measuring device?)

    Example (prescription pain medication):

    -- You are prescribed a pain med for back pain. You are on vacation in NC. You overdo things a bit on your vacation and take a few extra pain pills. You are involved in an incident where you must defend yourself. You may now have the additional concern that when / if blood is drawn that you have a higher than prescribed amount of your pain med onboard. Opens the door for potential criminal charges or enhanced risk of civil liability.

    Moral of the story: keep your body / blood level of such items at or below the therepeutic or prescribed value
    (tip: when prescribed a pain med, cut the first / morning dose in half, to allow some "breathing room" in your bloodstream for the rest of the day ...)


    Lastly - as to carrying small amounts of maintenance medications in other than the original issued container:

    Ask the pharmacy to reprint the label and place it on a small bottle for vehicle / pocket use. If discovered, say during a traffic stop, using an unmarked "keychain" pill containers or similar without appropriate markings may place you at risk for being detained / delayed or even charged where you might then have to spend time and money to clear yourself (I've had a family member so affected ... )

    sorry for the marathon post ... hope this helps

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    This is the law in New York. Many states have the same/similar laws. Not sure about PA. Couldn't find it anywhere but I would be surprised if we didn't have it as well.

    New York Public Health Law Section 3345 - Possession Of Controlled Substances By Ultimate Users Original Container
    § 3345. Possession of controlled substances by ultimate users original
    container. Except for the purpose of current use by the person or
    animal for whom such substance was prescribed or dispensed, it shall be
    unlawful for an ultimate user of controlled substances to possess such
    substance outside of the original container in which it was dispensed.
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    Apparently those. same drugs are. hindering your. use of the elusive. period. as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyMontag View Post
    Apparently those. same drugs are. hindering your. use of the elusive. period. as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPratt View Post
    I pretty sure he was right, it is a crime to have perscription drugs in any container that does not have the label from the pharmacy on it
    Can you provide a federal citation, or one specific to PA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lingons View Post
    HI,

    In medical terms prescription of drugs its very important,there are many people,
    nothing know about the prescription,in every human being must be know about the prescription of the drugs...

    Thank you..
    Thank you for clearing that up


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    When I worked in NJ I used to read the local paper and the police blotter would list all the charges for the local arrests. Everyone found w/ prescription medication not in the original container w/ the label from the pharmacy was charged for this...

    When NJ gets a DWI and piles on any other charges they can, like DWI in a school zone, no licenseplate light, etc. and then they use them as barganing chips during the plea bargan to make sure they can still get the max on the DWI...

    I don't know about PA's laws on this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredGoon View Post
    Thank you for clearing that up

    My thought exactly... Anyone have a translator handy?
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