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Prescription drug trafficking: From pill mills to street sales

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Drug trafficking is a serious criminal offense in New Hampshire and the rest of the U.S. But while some may think that this crime only involves illegal controlled substances, the laws also prohibit the unauthorized distribution of prescription medications.

There are two prohibited methods of distributing prescription medication: “pill mills” and street-level trafficking. Both are illegal and can lead to severe legal consequences for those involved.

Pill mills and unscrupulous health care providers

Under New Hampshire law, it is illegal for health care providers to prescribe controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. This includes health care providers involved in “pill mill” schemes.

In a pill mill, medical professionals knowingly sell prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. The drugs commonly involved in these types of schemes include opioids, benzodiazepines and other controlled substances.

Street-level prescription drug trafficking

It’s also illegal under state law to sell or obtain prescription drugs through fraudulent means. These fraudulent means include doctor shopping (seeing multiple doctors to acquire drugs) and forged prescriptions. Selling prescription medication without the proper authorization can also lead to charges.

The consequences of prescription drug trafficking

The penalties for prescription drug trafficking in New Hampshire can be severe. Depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved, individuals may face felony charges. A conviction for a felony drug trafficking offense carries potential prison sentences ranging from three to 40 years and fines up to $300,000.

Prescription drug trafficking charges can lead to severe penalties. However, specific circumstances, the amount of drugs involved and other aggravating factors can further increase the punishments you might face.

While the consequences of prescription drug trafficking can be severe, there may be opportunities to mitigate the charges or present mitigating factors. An experienced legal professional may be able to evaluate the unique details of your case, advise you and advocate for the most favorable outcome possible.

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