Possession of a Controlled Substance in South Carolina

Prescription Drug Crimes Explained

Prescription drug crimes (possession of a controlled substance) in South Carolina can lead to serious consequences, including imprisonment, fines, or the loss of a professional license.  According to SC law, prescription drugs are classified as Schedule I-Schedule VI drugs with Schedule I drug offenses having the most severe punishments.  While you can get arrested for possessing or distributing these drugs, SC law also prohibits doctors from illegally prescribing drugs and doing so could result in the loss of your professional license as well as criminal charges.

Examples of Common Illegal Drugs

Common Schedule I drugs have no acceptable medical use in the US and include, but are not limited to:

  • Heroin (Opiates)
  • MDMA, Ecstasy, and LSD (Hallucinogens)
  • Mephedrone (Stimulants)
  • Qualuudes (Depressants)
  • LSD

Schedule II drugs are often used in the treatment of medical disorders. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Ritalin and Adderall
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone
  • Hydrocodone (Oxycontin)

Schedule III drugs are accepted as treatment for medical conditions and have a moderate potential for addiction.  Some common examples are:

  • Vicodin
  • Lorcet

Schedule IV drugs are commonly used for medical treatment, and have a low risk of dependence, such as:

  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Stimulants like weight loss pills

Schedule V drugs are widely known and used in the medical community but have restrictions on how many purchases a person can make in a certain time period:

  • Cough syrups with codeine
  • Pseudoephedrine (commonly known as Sudafed)

The penalties for possession, distribution, or manufacturing any of these drugs are stiff and the consequences of a conviction can cause permanent damage to your professional or personal life.

Whether you are charged with:

• Prescribing or writing illegal prescriptions
• Doctor shopping or attempting to obtain drugs by fraud or deceit
• Illegally possessing Schedule I-V drugs
• Selling Schedule I-V drugs
• Stealing or forging prescriptions for drugs

If you have been charged with a crime relating to the abuse or unauthorized use of Schedule I-IV drugs, contact the attorneys at the Strom Law Firm today for a free consultation 803.252.4800.