MsRobyn Thank you, that is the impression I was under. That while it’s not “legal” to carry prescription medicines without having some form of prescription on you, it’s not likely you will be hassled over it. Also that, it’s better to carry the prescriptions with you when traveling inside the U. S., (of course you likely need them when going abroad for extended periods) than to go through the potential hassling.
I was wondering this because I myself have done this thing before, but was told by my dad’s friend (a retired cop, a mild “Barney Fife”) that it wasn’t strictly legal, and that you could get hassled over it. He did it in a paternal manner, not wanting me to get hassled unecessarily. The other threads made me wonder, and finally ask what the letter of the law was so I could piece together what the best way to travel interstate with the least potential for hassle would be.
To recap, just to be certain all the points are clarified. While it’s not strictly legal to carry prescription medicines on your person without the prescription, you aren’t likely to be hassled over it, and if you are, all that needs to be done is have your physician fax over the prescription proving you were in legal possion of the drugs to obtain your release. So, you can be detained over it, until you prove your innocence. If you cannot prove the medicines were lawfully prescribed, you will be prosecuted for illegal possession of a controlled substance, however the state may word it. That is what I had thought. That said, why risk such a hassle at all? I think I’ll carry the bottles with me from now on, to be safe if I travel interstate.
On a side note, this thread pertains to Indygrrl’s situation because she can now point out to her boss that the thief is illegally possessing a controlled substance, which is a serious crime. This ought to persuade the boss to take action to catch the perpertrator. If she informs her boss of this problem, and the boss does nothing, I’d think she could go through other legal channels to get help. This is a serious matter that needs police intervention.