Prescription drugs are being noted now, more than ever, in relation to drug crimes. When people often think of drug crimes, they think of illicit drugs that you might buy on the street like cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. However, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs if abused or taken at an inappropriate time. They can result in drug crime-related charges too, even if you are prescribed the medication.
Warning labels on over-the-counter medication or prescribed medication can help a person know whether a drug could be dangerous when behind the wheel. Not making oneself aware of this prior to a DUI charge is not a legitimate defense. Some common prescription drugs that have been known to result in a DUI charge include antidepressants, sleeping pills and hydrocodone. However, over-the-counter medications like antihistamines can have a similar effect, making a person drowsy or slowing their response time.