it confused me at 1st, quotation marks would have helped.
however the message is pretty much the same.
it seems that whatever we do it can be twisted into something bad by law enforcement.
so what do we do then?
carry all our meds with us all the time? but then they can charge us with being under the influence.
does the law or legal fraternity have a view as to how we should carry our meds when out of the house?
I think you will have to check the laws in your Country. I'm not so sure that they are the same. And maybe they are!!
Terrible story anyway.
The laws vary state by state. The federal law though is valid in each and every state in America.
The laws of course change with different contries and in my personal opinion they are worse than those in America so be very careful and learn the laws that affect you.
We are branded drug abusers when we go to the doctor concerning our pain and then again when we go to have the medications filled and then we could be branded as drug dealers when we have said medications on us. It seems we lose every way we turn. But there are those out there who do realize chronic pain is a disease and needs to be treated such as doctors and pharmacist and policman who perhaps have a loved one who suffers and needs theses kinds of medications. So it is important not to bunch them all together as bad people as we know there are those who do understand what we go through and how we live day to day.
I can totally relate to what you guys are all talking about. And believe it or not it gets worse. I was giving a friend of my sisters a ride to a local store. When we stopped for gas a cop started harassing my sister's friend and somehow that turned into finding out that she was on probation. I was in paying for the gas and using the potty then came out to find her with the cops at my car. He was just starting to search MY CAR when I came out. I asked what the problem was and he said that he had seen my friend in the parking lot and DIDN'T LIKE THE LOOKS OF HER and low and behold he said that his instincts were good, because after all she is on probation. He then searched my car, and then asked for my purse. I asked why, and was told that because I was with her that made me searchable as well. When going through my purse he found my meds. in their prescribed bottles. He wasn't familiar with the names and asked me what they were. I was honest and told him exactly what they were and what they were for. I had a bottle of Avinza (morphine er), a bottle of Oxycodoone, a bottle of dilaudid, and a bottle of Ambien. I was charged with four felony counts of possession of a C2 controlled substance. I went to jail for 5 days. I was arrested on a fri. night and did not get in front of a judge until the following wednesday. At that time they OR'd me, but that didnt give me back my 5 days.
I went to court over this 6 or 7 times, the arraigment, assigning an attorney, (they only make on tiny little decisions each time and then it is come back in another month. In the middle of all this I was very ill and didn't realize it, I ended up in the hospital, my case, (which I had already provided documentation to the court re: the prescriptions), and my attorney had said that they would probably drop the charges on our next visit as soon as they verified the validity of the documents. But being in the hospital I missed the next court date. When I contacted the public defenders office I found that my case had been transferred to a different court, a different DA and my public defender had retired. The new attorney did not seem to think I was really that bad off and kept setting new court dates 3 weeks away. Even though I told her that I had no idea when I was due to be released, that they were talking about taking my leg off and that I was due to be in the hospital for quite awhile. She set 6 different court appearances, I was in the hospital for all of them. When I was released I found that those missed appearances really ++=# off my judge so he issued a warrant for my arrest for $30,000.00 When I begged my PD to get it back on the calendar I was told that the only way to do that was to turn myself into the jail and wait until they could get me in front of a judge. Having just had my leg cut off I couldn't really think Of anything I wanted to do less than go to jail with one leg. So I waited.. trying to figure out what to do.
Flash forward 6 months...BAM BAM BAM at the door. The police were there to arrest me.. my sisters kids were taken by cps. (They've lived with me almost their whole lives), I bailed out in 2 hours. They would not return the kids. They declared me an unsuitable caregiver, and put my babies in foster care. Where they still are today. Yes the charges did get taken care of. It took my hiring my own attorney but they did finally drop the charges at the beginning of May. I go to court next week, and the attorney for the girls, and the attorney for my sister are all endorsing them being allowed to come home. I have no idea if that is going to happen or not. I pray that it does. I am really afraid that it won't because it seems like the personnel at the foster care agency have an agenda of their own, and it seems to involve the money they get to keep the kids more than what is best for them. They have been placed in 4 homes in 4 months.
Is there a moral to the story...The only one I can think of is don't take your drugs with you...it can ruin your life..and the lives of ones you love. This story is sad but true. I wish it weren't.
Well, I've heard it all now. I have someone in my home that used to (too recently ago) steal my drugs and take them himself. I had to take all mine with me at times. I also put some of each of my drugs into a single bottle. I take a great many meds and I can't take them all or I'd have to go to church, the store, etc. with a suitcase! This is absurd! Sometimes, when I know I'm innocent, or in the right, I tend to behave naively. I guess I need to figure something out. I thought the only time you could get into trouble was if you crossed country borders or something. If they have to be in their original bottles, yet you can't have a months worth - what is the answer? Put most in an old bottle, also marked by the correct label, and take just the right amount in the current bottle? What if you're held over and you run out? Oh my, I'm not sure how to handle this. Maybe it's a good thing that I'm now too sick to leave home much. The only places I go are the doctor and hospital, but being stopped speeding etc. still would be a problem. I'm stumped.
I have to say Vickey, that's horrible. However for most, I don't think that would happen.
1. If you take the medication legally, you have backup. Cops can't charge you with possession of something you're meant to have unless they're complete psychos.
2. I can't imagine they'd get angry at having 60 pills in a bottle that says you have 60 pills. It would seem far more suspicious to have 20 in a bottle meant for 60.
3. Also, don't tell cops anything if you can help it until you speak to a lawyer. It can end up hurting you more than helping.