Prescription Forgery Laws in Georgia
Prescriptions are documents certified by a doctor’s license recommending
that drugs be dispensed to treat a particular medical condition. Legitimate
prescriptions are backed by a doctor’s extensive education and continuing
accreditation. Misuse of prescriptions allows potentially
dangerous drugs to be dispensed to people who may not actually need them.
altering, or using a forged prescription is illegal, as is possessing drugs obtained
through illegal means.
What is Considered a Valid Prescription?
In order for a prescription to be considered valid under federal law, it
- The date of issuance
- The name and strength of the drug
- The dosage of the medication
- The quantity of pills prescribed
- Usage directions
- Number of refills available (if any)
- Signature of authorized doctor
Controlled substances are controlled for a reason. Forging a prescription
is a crime because it is ultimately a form of
illegal drug dealing.
Georgia Prescription Forgery Penalties
Under Georgia Code §16-13-78 it is a misdemeanor to obtain a medical
prescription obtained by
forgery; up to 1 year in jail &/or up to $1k in fines. Unauthorized distribution
or prescription forgery can be a felony under
§ 16-13-43; up to 8 years in prison &/or up to $50k in fines.
Legal defenses against forging prescriptions include:
- You didn’t know the prescription was forged
- You possessed an illegal prescription, but made no attempt to use it
- You did not know the drugs you had were obtained through forged prescription
- The drugs were discovered in an unlawful search and seizure
Georgia law is strict in this matter, and federal law even more so. If
you are being accused of drug prescription forgery or for using or possessing
illegally-obtained narcotics, don’t waste another minute in securing
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