Laws about Prescription Drug Trafficking*

The unauthorized possession, buying, selling, or trading of prescription drugs is against the law. Laws regarding the distribution of drugs on or near a school, and to children and youth under age 18, carry tough penalties. Students also can be suspended or expelled from school for any of these offenses.

  • If prescription drugs that are not prescribed to an individual are found on them, in their school locker, or in a car, the teen can be charged with criminal possession. MGL c. 94C, sec. 34
  • If a person gives or sells a prescription pill to anyone at school, he or she could be found guilty of distribution of a controlled substance on school grounds and could face a mandatory two-year sentence and a fine of $1,000 or more. MGL c. 94C, sec. 32J
  • If a person gives or sells a prescription pill to anyone under age 18, they could face even greater jail time and fines. MGL c. 94C, sec. 32F

*More laws related to substances can be found at and

(1) United States Drug Enforcement Agency. (2008, January). Massachusetts. Retrieved February 24, 2010.

This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.