When many people think of illicit drugs, they think of street drugs like heroin, methamphetamine or even marijuana. However, the impact of another category of drugs has been affecting our Sacramento communities. These drugs are what's known as prescription drugs, oftentimes opioids or painkillers. While abusing prescription pills can carry dangers for a person's health, they can also carry serious penalties with the law.
By nature, prescription pills require a prescription, meaning a doctor or other licensed medical professional must have written a valid prescription for the pills one is recommended to take. If a person is found in possession of or is using prescription pills without a prescription, it could result in drug charges. There could be particularly severe penalties for those accused of intent to distribute prescription pills. With opioid addiction and abuse on the rise, Sacramento police are on the look out for these behaviors.