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Q:  Carry Alprazolam 0.5mg for chronic anxiety. My Rx bottle dated (9/12/2014).  Here in Florida, the police incarcerate people for carrying their prescriptions. My critical question is. Due to anxiety I have trouble going to… Scroll down to read more!

Q:  Carry Alprazolam 0.5mg for chronic anxiety. My Rx bottle dated (9/12/2014).  Here in Florida, the police incarcerate people for carrying their prescriptions. My critical question is. Due to anxiety I have trouble going to doctors or any other offices. It is due to (Social Phobia and Anxiety), so my prescription bottle is a bit old dated (9/12/2014) I have not been to any doctors since 2015 due to social phobia, so I have old Alprazolam since I take them only as needed I still have some. I carry about 5-6 pills of 0.5mg of Alprazolam (Xanax). Given these circumstances if I get stopped and searched, can the police charge me for carrying a controlled Schedule IV substance? The Rx is in the original bottle prescribed to me in quantity of 60 tabs, but I only carry about 5 or 6 tabs. Good legal guidance would be appreciated please. Thank you.

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Answered Statement: “Here in Florida, the police incarcerate people for carrying their prescriptions.”

Comment: BS. Police arrest people for carrying controlled substances without a Rx – which includes an expired Rx.

Q: Given these circumstances if I get stopped and searched, can the police charge me for carrying a controlled Schedule IV substance?

A: Yes.

You may have a viable defense but that will not make the arrest unlawful.

You cannot carry expired Rx meds.

Your “Social Phobia and Anxiety” not withstanding, get a new and valid Rx or risk arrest.

Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.

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Michael Adam Haber: I certainly will get a new Rx. Thank you.
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I am just not sure when an Rx expires. Thank you Michael Adam Haber.
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