You might not realize it, but mailing drugs is illegal no matter what your intention is. According to the United States Postal Service, the only people who can mail controlled substances are those registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or anyone with an exemption to perform official duties.
In other words, if you do not have special permission to send controlled substances through the mail, you should assume it is illegal for you to do so. Even if you have special permission, there are still strict regulations you must follow. Also, it does not matter if the drugs are prescription or over-the-counter.
The sender and receiver are at risk
You endanger yourself and the package receiver when you send drugs through the mail. If employees discover the package, they will destroy it, and the sender and receiver might face arrest. Pharmacies, drug manufacturers and licensed dispensers may send their prescriptions in the mail. Receiving your prescription in the mail does not put you at risk of facing state or federal charges.
Recalls and dispensing errors are an exception
One exception for mailing drugs is for dispensing errors or recalls. In this case, you must follow the instructions given to you by the drug manufacturer or pharmacy. Any deviation from the instructions might break the law, and your ignorance does not necessarily protect you from prosecution. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before sending any drugs in the mail to ensure you follow the proper procedure.
Federal and state laws take controlled substances very seriously. You should exercise the utmost caution before transporting them, even if you have a valid reason.