Oxycodone Laws

By Daniel Novitski
Oxycodone laws exist internationally on both federal and state levels.

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Oxycodone distribution and usage is heavily regulated on both the federal and state levels. Laws governing its usage have existed for decades, and the punishments set forth in these federal acts and state codes carry the weight of both potentially heavy fines and short to long-term imprisonment.

Controlled Substance Act

The federal Controlled Substance Act, or CSA, governs the usage of highly addictive drugs and classifies oxycodone as a schedule-two drug.

The Act defines a schedule-two drug as having a "high potential for abuse" that is currently used for medical purposes, yet may cause drastic psychological and/or physical dependence when abused.

The CSA allows the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct investigations into abuse and unauthorized distribution of drugs to prepare prosecution against those that have violated the Act.

The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971

The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971 classified oxycodone as "class A."

Class A drugs are "most likely to cause harm." The punishment for abuse of oxycodone without a pharmacist's prescription can result in a combination of up to seven years in prison and a fine determined by the courts.

An unauthorized distributor of oxycodone, such as a drug dealer, faces a life term of imprisonment and/or a fine of potentially infinite value as determined by the courts.

State Laws

State laws for oxycodone abuse vary from state to state, but tend to charge the drug distributor or abuser with a felony. If a fake prescription is filled, charges of fraud may be levied as well. Punishments often depend on the quantity of pills that the offender illegally possesses, and can range from up to 20 years in prison to hundreds of thousands in fines. Consult a local legal expert for more specific information on local state laws.

Illegal Online Prescription of Oxycoden

Laws pertaining to the illegal online trafficking of drugs such as oxycodone vary upon jurisdiction of both the federal government that it falls under, and the state's laws as well. The DEA prohibits the purchase of drugs online without a prescription, and purchasers are subject to penalties as defined in the Controlled Substance Act up, including thousands in fines and up to five years in jail. Distributors are subject to life imprisonment with no limit on the amount of the fine.

From the state-side, a significant amount of charges may be levied such as money laundering, criminal forfeiture, and illegal distribution of controlled substances amongst others that can result in life imprisonment and no limit on the fine amounts.

About the Author

Daniel Novitski started his professional writing career in 2007. He is a former technical writer for Lenel Systems, and is now a contributing editor for the World Hair Loss Organization. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in information technology and a Bachelor of Arts in professional technical communications.

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