Richmond Virginia Drug Laws

What is considered as a prescription drug in Richmond Virginia?

The prescription drugs in Richmond Virginia can only be purchased with the written prescription of a certified physician from the pharmacy. Therefore it is also known as a controlled substance. As per the Virginia law, the prescription drugs are divided into different schedules according to the drug control act. The drugs and few substances which are used in making those drugs are divided into 5 major schedules or classification, depending on the medical usage of the drug and its potential of being abused. However, Alcohol and tobacco are not included in the definition of controlled substances.

What do you mean by “prescription drug abuse”?

Prescription drug abuse is a term used for the action of individuals where they take a prescribed drug of another individual and uses it without the doctor’s consultation, such as changing the initial dosage or the manner of taking the drug.

The prescription drug laws of Virginia

As per the Virginia law code, the state has designed Requirements for prescriptions law, 54.1-3408.01

These requirements will have the following prescriber details:

“The written prescription referred to in § 54.1-3408 shall be written with ink or individually typed or printed. The prescription shall contain the name, address, and telephone number of the prescriber. A prescription for a controlled substance other than one controlled in Schedule VI shall also contain the federal controlled substances registration number assigned to the prescriber. The prescriber’s information shall be either preprinted upon the prescription blank, electronically printed, typewritten, rubber stamped, or printed by hand.”

These requirements will have the following patient details:

“The written prescription shall contain the first and last name of the patient for whom the drug is prescribed. The address of the patient shall either be placed upon the written prescription by the prescriber or his agent, or by the dispenser of the prescription. If not otherwise prohibited by law, the dispenser may record the address of the patient in an electronic prescription dispensing record for that patient in lieu of recording it on the prescription. Each written prescription shall be dated as of, and signed by the prescriber on, the day when issued. The prescription may be prepared by an agent for the prescriber’s signature.”

Why is it illegal to take a drug prescribed for someone else?

There are many examples of different types of drugs and their reaction in bodies.

The most commonly abused painkiller have

  1. Percocet,
  2. OxyContin
  3. Demerol

The most commonly abused depressants have

  1. Valium
  2. Ambien
  3. Xanax

The most commonly abused stimulants have

  1. Ritalin
  2. Dexedrine
  3. Adderall

This medicine can have the following aftereffects

  1. Anxiety
  2. Panic
  3. Tremors
  4. Irregular heartbeat
  5. High body temperature
  6. Heart attacks
  7. Tiredness
  8. Depression

The most commonly abused OTC drug is

  1. Dextromethorphan

This medicine can have the following aftereffects

  1. Impaired motor functioning
  2. Impaired mental functioning
  3. Numbness
  4. Nausea/vomiting
  5. Loss of coordination
  6. Hallucination
  7. Increased heart rate
  8. Increased blood pressure.