Today’s drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs.
Try your hand at this quiz; see if you can correctly identify which of the following scenarios lead to potential jail time.
Becky is sitting on the sidewalk, nodding in and out of consciousness. A patrol officer notices her and decides to check things out. When it’s all said and done, Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket.
Nicole’s painkiller prescription ran out. Her doctor wouldn’t give her more, so she found another who would. When asked if she had received any similar prescriptions from other physicians, she lied. As Nicole’s addiction escalated, she continued this process, hopping from doctor to doctor to get her next fix.
Geoff suffers from chronic back pain. He thinks he needs something stronger than the daily ibuprofen he’s been taking. His doctor disagrees and recommends that Geoff try yoga. Geoff gets a second opinion to see if narcotic painkillers could be a better option.
Hank spends the family reunion drinking like a fish. By the end of the night, he’s blackout drunk and gets in an argument with his cousin, Ted. Things get heated, and he takes a swing at Ted.
After being charged with DUI, Jim enters a court-mandated rehab program. Four days into his mandatory 90-day stay, he decides to leave early.
Christie goes out for a night on the town with girlfriends. After an extensive pub crawl, she is wasted. Barely able to function, she picks up the phone and calls an Uber driver to take her home.
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