Vicodin Laws In Michigan
What ingredients does Vicodin contain?
Vicodin is a prescription pain medication that contains a combination of the pain killers, Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opiod, also known as a narcotic, and is very potent. Acetaminophen is not as strong, but when coupled with Hydrocodone, helps to increase its effects on the human body.
Illegal Use Of Prescription Vicodin
Vicodin is regularly prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain in adults. For people who have a prescription for Vicodin, consuming this drug is entirely legal. However, for those who don’t have a prescription for Vicodin, possessing, selling and consuming it is against the law.
There are a number of ways that a person who doesn’t have a Vicodin prescription could obtain one. They could either be given it by someone who does have a prescription, or steal it. Sometimes they steal a prescription pad from a doctor’s office and forge prescriptions for themselves in order to get it from the pharmacy. Others engage in what is known as “doctor shopping”, which entails visiting numerous doctors, complaining of severe pain to all of them, and receiving a number of simultaneous prescriptions for Vicodin.
Because Vicodin is taken to overcome severe pain, and when consumed in large enough quantities can be used to get high, it is a highly sought after drug. Street names for Vicodin include Vics, Vicos, Watsons, Hydros, Lorris, Tabs, and 357s. Many of these names refer to the various brand names that Hydrocodone is marketed under in the U.S.
Important Information About Vicodin
Vicodin is considered to be highly addictive and habit-forming, even for those with a legal prescription. It should never be taken in conjunction with alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications. An overdose of Vicodin can cause severe damage to your liver, and can also stop your breathing, causing respiratory failure. Misuse of Vicodin can cause addiction, overdose and worse, death.
Signs and symptoms of Vicodin overdose include nausea, pain in the upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark colored urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). If you are showing any of these symptoms, and have consumed Vicodin recently, contact your doctor immediately, or call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
Recent research conducted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine reported that 1 in 20 high school seniors have abused Vicodin. To combat some of the problems brought about by misuse of Vicodin, and to combat potential misuse, federal laws were recently changed regarding prescription drugs containing Hydrocodone.
New laws restrict the way in which a Vicodin prescription can be renewed. It is no longer possible to have a prescription phoned into the pharmacy by the doctor. A patient must now have a hard copy of their prescription for Vicodin mailed to the pharmacy by the doctor’s office, or take the prescription into the pharmacy in person.
Michigan Law And Vicodin
Under Michigan law, Vicodin is listed as a Schedule 3 drug on the Controlled Substances Act. This means that it is considered to be less addictive than many illegal drugs, and has recognized medical uses within the United States. But that does not mean that just anyone can use it. State law requires that in order to have Vicodin, you must have a legally obtained prescription from a practicing doctor with a state recognized license.
People who are arrested for Vicodin use, possession, and/or sale in Michigan can face very serious penalties. A prescription drug violation can mean high fines and court fees, along with prison time. Under Michigan law, use, possession, manufacture and delivery (sale) of Vicodin are all treated differently. Penalties for these crimes are as follows:
Penalty for Illegal Use of Vicodin:
Vicodin use is a misdemeanor in Michigan. If charged with the use of Vicodin, you could go to jail for up to one year or pay a fine of $1,000, or both.
Penalty for Illegal Possession of Vicodin:
Vicodin possession is a felony drug crime in Michigan and you could go to prison for up to two years, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Penalty for Illegal Delivery of Vicodin:
Vicodin manufacture, creation, delivery, and possession with the intent to manufacture, create, or deliver Vicodin are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. If convicted of any of these crimes, you could go to prison for up to seven years, pay a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Enhanced Penalties for Vicodin Violations:
There are other factors that could increase your sentence. For example, your prior criminal drug record, the age of the person you gave the Vicodin to, or the fact that your specific Vicodin related crime took place near a school, people’s homes, businesses, parks, or churches. Depending on how many recent prior drug convictions you have, you may lose your driving privileges for up to one year.
In addition, if you are caught with a doctor’s official prescription form, or if you are caught with a forged prescription form, but you are not a doctor, your sentence could be just as severe as if you had been caught with illegal drugs.
Michigan Prescription Drug Defense Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been accused of a Vicodin related drug crime, or think that you are going to be charged, contact us immediately. The penalties for prescription drug crimes in Michigan are severe, and you cannot afford to risk your future by hiring an unqualified or inexperienced attorney.
Call us immediately to discuss your case. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, and you are usually talking to an experienced attorney within minutes. All initial consultations are free, and once we take you on as a client, you will receive only the best service, and the best possible defense, for your case.
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