Vicodin Possession/Distribution Charges
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Criminal Penalties for Possession of Vicodin
Possession of Vicodin is a serious crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C outlines the penalties for possession of this drug. Vicodin is a Class C Substance in Massachusetts. A conviction for illegal possession of Vicodin carries the following penalties:
- 1st Offense: Up to 1 year in a House of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $1,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
- 2nd Offense: Up to 2 years in a House of Corrections or County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
Drug Facts About Vicodin
Vicodin is a narcotic pain reliever. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief. Vicodin blocks receptors in the brain and this causes feelings of euphoria. Vicodin contains a combination of both hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
The Federal Drug Administration has listed hydrocodone along with oxycodone as a Schedule II drug since the early 1970’s. However, in 2013 th Federal Drug Administration elevated drugs that combine hydrocodone and other drugs like aspirin or acetaminophen based drugs from a Schedule III drug to a Schedule II drug. Vicodin is one of the drugs that combines hydrocodone with another drug—acetaminophen. As of 2013, Vicodin was moved from a Schedule III drug to a Schedule II drug.
The FDA classifies drugs like Heroine as Schedule I drugs because they are illegal and don’t have any medical use. Schedule II drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are legal and have valid medical use but they also have a very high potential for being abused.
When Vicodin was a Schedule III drug doctors were allowed to write a prescription for a 6 month supply. As a Schedule II drug doctors can now only write prescriptions for a 3 month supply. Each prescription has to be written as a 30 day prescription with 2 refills.
Experienced Drug Charges / Vicodin Possession Defense Attorneys
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