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When ADHD Medication Could Get You in Trouble

When a doctor identifies the medication that finally makes a difference for a person diagnosed with ADHD in Tennessee, it can lead to a huge improvement in the quality of life for the patient. People who rely on their medications to function well are often careful to take them at the right times and in the right doses. This could mean having the prescriptions with them when they are away from home.

However, as Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or CHADD, notes, Ritalin and Adderall are Schedule II controlled substances. So, bringing along these medications must be done in the right way to prevent trouble with law enforcement.

For example, say a law enforcement officer pulls a vehicle over because of a traffic violation. During the stop, the officer sees a baggie of Ritalin or Adderall in the passenger seat. Upon examination, the officer determines that the baggie contains a prescription drug. This gives the officer probable cause to search the car and even arrest the driver for possession of a controlled substance. 

According to Tennessee Code Title 53, it is illegal for anyone to be carrying a drug that has not been prescribed to them by a doctor or other qualified medical professional. Carrying pills around without the prescription or prescription bottle makes it impossible for a person to immediately show that he or she is not breaking the law. For this reason, it is best for the patient to always keep the pills in the appropriate bottle if it is necessary to bring them along.