The Internet has revolutionized the way we shop. Now, we do not even have to leave the house to order a pizza or buy a pair of shoes. But while the web has made our lives more convenient, online shopping has also created potential legal problems. Now more than ever, companies are sending prescription drugs through the Internet and selling them to users illegally. This means that while you may think that purchasing drugs online is an easy way to get your prescription medicine, you could be asking for jail time.
Buy Online, Do the Time
Unless you have a prescription, buying drugs online is illegal. Moreover, not only is purchasing drugs on the Internet without a prescription illegal, but it is dangerous too. If you are caught purchasing illegal drugs, you could face serious criminal charges including jail time. According to the Federal Drug Administration, federal law prohibits buying any controlled substance, such as narcotic pain relievers, sedatives, and stimulants without a valid prescription from your doctor. In order for the prescription to be valid, a patient-doctor relationship must be established and a physical examination must be completed. Often times, websites will advertise “cyber doctors” who order prescriptions based on online questionnaires—however, these are often not legitimate prescriptions under the law.
How to Buy Medications Safely Online
Some online retailers allow customers to fill their prescriptions and make medication purchases online. Unfortunately, purchasing drugs and medications on the web can be risky.
- Make sure that the website you are purchasing medications from requires a prescription and has a pharmacist available to answer any questions.
- Make purchases only from licensed pharmacies that are located in the United States.
- Do not provide any personal information such as your social security number or credit card information unless you are positive the website will protect this information.
When to Hire an Attorney
If you or a loved one is facing charges for purchasing drugs online, contact the Khonsari Law Group. The legal professionals at the Khonsari Law Group aggressively defend these type of cases and will feverously work with you to defend you or your loved one’s rights. To learn more about KLG and how we can help you, contact us today or click here for a free consultation.