Each state defines controlled dangerous substances (CDS) differently. Louisiana classifies serious drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana under this umbrella, as well as certain prescription medications.
According to state laws, there are five schedules for use with CDS. Schedule I is the top of the list and the most dangerous substances, with Schedules II through V decreasing in danger but increasing in use for medical purposes.
Legal use drugs
Alprazolam is a prescription used for anxiety, while carisoprodol treats discomfort or muscle pain. These drugs, also known as Xanax and Somadril, require a prescription and are often limited to short-term use. In Louisiana, Xanax is a Schedule IV substance while Somadril is a Schedule II. This means each medication is legal for those who have a prescription and illegal for those who do not.
Legal drugs used illegally
Even if you have a prescription for a legal drug, using it in an illegal way brings consequences. Situations with drugged driving involve operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a CDS. These legal medications could create drowsiness, loss of coordination, dizziness and confusion. If you drive with these symptoms and an officer pulls you over, you could face charges for driving under the influence. Any impairment resulting from the medication is a problem. Proving the medication is lawfully obtained through a licensed medical professional can help with a defense.
Drug charges in Louisiana are serious situations that can wreak havoc on your life. Prescription medications could potentially be as troubling as illegally obtained medications or drugs.