Is Lortab Addiction a Crime?

Is Lortab Addiction a Crime?There is an underlying physical and psychological need that drives addicts to illegal activities. To some extent, the law is lenient with addicts who seek treatment; when addicts attempt to change their lives for the better, this is seen as positive and is greatly encouraged.

Why Restrict Lortab?

Each dose of Lortab may contain no more than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone, a schedule II controlled substance according to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. Schedule II medications have heavy restrictions because of their potency and high potential for abuse. Lortab is a schedule III controlled substance because it is a less potent combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. In Lortab, the hydrocodone has less addictive potential, thereby fewer legal restrictions.

Correctly Using Lortab

You should always use a prescription as directed. Never take someone else’s prescription. Six months after the prescription date or after five refills (whichever comes first), a patient may not receive Lortab refills without first being reviewed by a medial professional.

Requirements for Lortab

Without meeting certain requirements, a Lortab prescription is invalid. A valid and legal prescription will have the following criteria:

  • Signature of the practitioner who issued the prescription
  • Date on which the prescription was prescribed in a permanent medium (ink)
  • Patient’s full name and address
  • Practitioner’s full name, address and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration number
  • Drug’s name, strength, dosage and form of administration
  • Quantity prescribed
  • Directions for use
  • Number of refills, if authorized

If a prescription lacks this information, it is invalid.

Restrictions for Doctors

Practitioners may only prescribe Lortab within their jurisdiction. These professionals must be registered with the DEA. Some practitioners, such as those in the Public Health Service, are exempt from registration. The practitioner must also be affiliated with an organization that sponsors their work and which meets the Code of Federal Regulations.

Felonies Resulting from Lortab Use

The following problems associated with Lortab abuse are felonies:

  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs (DUI)
  • Possessing controlled prescriptions without a prescription in your name
  • Providing prescription drugs to others, either by giving or selling them
  • Manslaughter or homicide charges if someone dies from prescription medications that you illegally provided

These issues are dangerous and can cause incredible legal problems.

Consequences of Prescription Lortab Abuse

If someone is convicted of a felony, the consequences may be more than just a prison sentence. The following problems may also result from prescription misuse:

  • Losing the right to vote
  • Losing the right to posses firearms
  • Inability to become a doctor, nurse, airline pilot, lawyer, police officer or government official
  • Rejection from some colleges
  • Inability to receive some government aid
  • Restricted from the military
  • Loss of child custody
  • Financial problems, such as bankruptcy or the inability to secure a loan

These issues can devastate your life, so get addiction help as soon as possible.

Lortab Addiction Help

If you or someone you know lives with addiction, call our toll-free helpline and seek help today. There’s no reason to wait any longer because our phone lines are open 24 hours a day. Whenever you need to talk, call us and ask about how your insurance may cover the costs of rehab. You have nothing to lose and only a sober life to gain.