Interviewer: What’s the situation with prescription drugs in Arizona? What kind of prescription drug cases are you seeing and why?
Michael Munoz: It’s illegal in Arizona to have prescription drugs that you do not have a prescription for. Right now on the college campus, kids are using painkillers and if your son or daughter is stopped by police and questioned and found to have a pill that they don’t have a prescription for, they could be charged with possession of a dangerous or narcotic drug, with a Class Four felony.
It’s pretty shocking to families when they find out that you could literally have one pill on you and be prosecuted for a Class Four felony. If you possess any prescription drug you don’t have a prescription for, theoretically you could be charged with a crime.
Interviewer: What happens? People will give a pill to their friends, and they’ll buy a pill from their friend or something? How does it work?
Michael Munoz: Exactly.
Painkillers are the Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs in Arizona
Interviewer: What are the most common prescription drugs you see?
Michael Munoz: Painkillers: Vicodin, Oxycontin. Things like Adderall are common. Those drugs have flooded on the market, and there’s a lot of abuse of them.
Interviewer: Are the police going to jump on someone if they just have one pill, or do they need to have a whole bunch?
Michael Munoz: It’s possible. If you have a lot of pills, then yes, it’s possible and you could be charged of possession for sale.
There are Many Doctors on Trial for Prescription Drug Abuse in Arizona
Interviewer: Do you have people that bug their doctor for more and more and more or to up the dose to support their habit? What do you see?
Michael Munoz: There are lots of people, yes. They’re doctor shopping and getting lots of drugs. There are lots of investigations against doctors in Arizona. That is a serious problem. If you’re someone who is under investigation, you should probably talk to an experienced attorney quickly.
Common Misconceptions Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse
Interviewer: What are the most important facts and misconceptions people need to know about prescription drugs?
Michael Munoz: I think the biggest misconception is thinking that because legal prescription drug companies make them, they’re not harmful, but people should be aware that prescription drugs, if used the wrong way or abused at all, can be extremely harmful and dangerous.
Not to mention, the state will charge you with a crime if you’re abusing prescription drugs, or if you’re caught illegally in possession of prescription drugs.