You have a health condition that requires medication prescribed by a New York doctor. The medication is not illegal, but that does not necessarily mean you cannot see yourself hit with a drug charge.
To help you draw a distinction between prescription drug abuse and regular medication use, DrugRehab.org has compiled a list of indications of drug abuse. Be sure to keep them in mind as you work on improving your health.
It is important to differentiate the side effects of medication from the physical symptoms of drug abuse. Feeling as if you have the flu, physical incoordination, feeling nauseated and poor reflexes are common indications of drug abuse. The same applies to poor judgment, anxiety and paranoia. Maybe you find your memory is not as good as it once was, or that your pupils dilate more than usual.
Pay close attention to shifts in your behavioral patterns while taking a prescription. You could have a problem if you experience sudden shifts in your emotional disposition, no longer care about going to work or class or have unintentionally lost a substantial amount of weight. Do you act in ways you normally do not? Personality shifts are another common behavior sign of drug abuse.
Talk to a professional
If you feel you have become addicted to your prescription, talk to a professional. Some medications are more addictive than others, and you may have a history of addiction in your family. Numerous reasons exist that can explain your abuse. Rather than blame yourself, it is more important that you focus on getting help.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.