If you take a prescription medication, are you prepared for interactions with Georgia law enforcement? If not, a traffic stop could turn into a drug charge should an officer spot your medication in an unmarked container. 

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as CHADD, breaks down how to legally carry your medication. Learn how to be safe with your medication while out in public. 

Controlled substances 

Controlled substances are chemical substances or compounds used to create such substances that federal and state laws regulate. The laws also control whether and when carrying a controlled substance is illegal, as well as when a person violates the law by possessing, using or selling a controlled substance. 

There is also the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates both illegal drugs and prescription medication subject to misuse. If you take a medication that someone could misuse, bring your prescription with you should you ever take the medication outside the house. 

Illegal carrying  

While it is not technically illegal to possess a prescription medication in your car or on your person, you need to be either the person prescribed the medication or the caretaker or parent of the person legally taking the medication. Also, when outside the house, carry your medication in its original container with a label noting the name of the person taking it and the date of the prescription. 

There may come a time when you find yourself facing charges for carrying a legal prescription medication, despite taking the above precautions. If so, be sure to contact a legal advocate to explore your rights and build your defense.