February 16, 2019  Last Update: November 27, 2017, 8:52 pm

Selling Unused Prescription Medications is a CRIME

Officer collects unneeded prescription drugs at a collection point near Shoreline, WA. It is a crime to sell prescription drugs, and disposal causes environmental damage. Most communities have collection points, and most pharmacies will take back unused drugs free of charge.

Selling your prescription medications is a crime. Some people don’t know that. Sometimes it seems too easy to raise some cash by selling off those unneeded percocets or oxycodone pills. But the authorities want you to know it’s a crime and they consider it serious.

A story comes out of London England today, of a young man who sold is dad’s oxycodone pills in the parking lot of a variety store. He had never done that before. He had no criminal history at all. According to his lawyer, he had heard he could sell them for cash, and he quickly made a deal with a buyer : 84 oxycodone pills for $380 cash. Cops say the street value was $900.

Unfortunately right nearby were 2 law enforcement officers, who witnessed the deal and arrested Devin Bratt, 21, for trafficking in oxycodone. He pled guilty.

Devin’s life is now very different than it was.

  • He has to serve a year of house arrest.
  • And he now has a criminal record.
  • And he has to wear an electronic  ankle bracelet that tracks his whereabouts.
  • And he can’t leave home for 9 months, except for school and work.
  • And he didn’t get to keep the $380, nor the pills.
  • And he has to do 200 hours of community service. Wearing the bracelet.
  • And he can’t possess weapons for 10 years.
  • And he must submit a DNA sample into the law enforcement databases.

Why such harsh punishment?

First, selling prescription medications (controlled substances) is a crime and crime comes with consequences. That’s just the way it is… nothing personal.

Second, the cops know that street drug dealing and drug addiction is fueled by a supply of illegal drugs, including diverted prescription drugs. Devin may have thought his pills would go “poof” into thin air after he sold them, but they would actually have been re-sold and distributed illegally to addicts or illicit drug users. Devin was making it easier for drug addicts to continue their addictions. Drug use and drug addiction lead to crime, medical crisis, and broken families to note just a few problems.

And finally, those oxycodone pills he was selling were not even his. They belonged to his dad, who had a prescription. Another consequence of a bad decision.

On a lighter note, we came across this comment while monitoring the Drug Forums:

"What ever you do with your extra prescription drugs is up to you, just don’t do illegal shit like selling it to people. Rather keep it and store it up and then take it recreationally."
- Drug Forum participant

Not the best advice, but worthy of a chuckle. See the reference box below for links about disposing of unneeded prescription drugs.


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  1. I return mine to the pharmacy

  2. What is the fine or punishment for someone who sells their prescription drugs in Massachusetts? Are there any repercussions for the person who buys those drugs?


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