Some types of cold medicine are used to make methamphetamine, which is why purchasing can be restricted. One thing it’s important to remember is that sharing medications could open the door for potential charges.
That’s what one woman claims happened to her. She says that her neighbor came over to talk to her and to see if she had any cold medicine. It was cold season, so she didn’t think twice and gave him a box.
Later on, the police raided the other house and found a meth lab inside. They took all of the medication and other chemicals, and they were eventually able to trace the box of cold medicine back to the woman who bought it. They then arrested her and charged her with a felony, saying she had been helping the others cook meth by providing the materials for them.
Technically, she was being charged with intent to manufacture, as if she was the one cooking it, even though she said she’d never even been there before. The people who were running the lab were also arrested during the raid, but that did not stop the police from picking up the woman who had bought just that single box of cold medicine.
As this story shows, it can be dangerous to share medications. Even if you think you’re being nice and trying to be a good neighbor, it’s important to know what the laws are regarding any medication that you have—and whether that means you shouldn’t give it away to anyone else.
If you’re facing charges because of a situation like the one described above, you need to know all of your criminal defense options and your legal rights in Maryland.
Source: Cop Block, “Woman charged with felony for sharing cold medicine,” Steve Holman, accessed Feb. 23, 2016