Based on two recent threads, I have several related questions. What is the proper, legal way to carry prescription medicines on your person? I thought that you had to carry them in a bottle with the correct prescription label, with your name on it, and varios other information to be legal? Haven’t people been prosecuted successfully for having pills, but no “prescription” on them to prove they were legally dispensed to them? I also thought that it wasn’t technically legal to carry more than one prescription medicine in a container, with no actual prescriptions for all of the medicines with you?
Also, what are the legal ramifications of leaving prescription medicines unattended, in an unlabled bottle, when you know that a theif is taking medicine from you? What if pills that look similar to the medicine that has been stolen are placed in the bottle, and the medicine being stolen secreted elsewhere? Say these pills carry more risk if ingested because of their nature? If the other medicine is stolen and ingested, is the theif alone to blame for this? Could you be prosecuted if the theif gets injured, and evidence were produced to show you might have left substitute pills for the theif to take, say posts made online? (Whether or not the prosecution is sucessful is another matter.)
This thread which is closed started the debate, and this thread is currently open. Am I completely in the wrong to think the person did intend for the look alike medicines to be stolen and ingested, but didn’t think things through, that they might actually have not considered the theif could become ill enough to need hospitalization? So many are speaking up against what I thought was right, that I thought I’d ask the legal experts what the truth is? Is the theif truly taking their own life in their hands, or is it a case of “bait” being set out with the intent to make another ill? How would a prosecutor look at this? Provide me with cites in “layman’s terms” explaining the legalites of this situation. (This isn’t even covering the idea of sharing prescription medicines, I believe it is accepted by all that this is illegal. This is also taking for granted that it is accepted, even by me, that the theif is wrong to steal medicines.)