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Penalties for Possession of Prescription Drugs in Wisconsin

Possession of Prescription Drugs in Wisconsin – what you should know

Wisconsin does not limit possession of illegal drugs to street drugs. Many prescription drugs create dependency and, if you do not have an active prescription, possession of prescription drugs also carries criminal penalties. The fact that these drugs carry less of a social stigma can make them in some ways more dangerous–and Wisconsin law provides for stiff penalties as a result. Illegal possession of prescription drugs can create significant problems for you.

Pain Killers

Many powerful opiates and opioids are prescribed to help patients deal with chronic pain after surgery or traumatic injuries. These include codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Unfortunately, the strength of these drugs and the narcotic effects they create make them highly addictive. Wisconsin law classifies them as Schedule II narcotics.

If you possess any of these without a valid prescription, you are subject to arrest for a Class I felony, with a potential fine of $10,000, and a prison sentence up to three and a half years. Other prescription-strength pain medication that is not classified as a narcotic still carries a fine of up to $500 and up to thirty days in jail. These can include clonazepam, ketamine, and anabolic steroids.


Possession of amphetamines carries similarly heavy penalties. Drugs like methampehetamine and Adderall are Class I controlled substances. Your first offense for possession of amphetamines carries a fine up to $5,000 and jail up to one year. Any future offenses, though, carry the same penalties as those for opiates. The second offense and any after are also considered Class I felonies.

Additional Penalties

For any drug possession conviction, you may lose your driving privileges. You can also have a 50% surcharge added to any fines you receive as a result of a conviction. Wisconsin treats drug-related offenses severely, for prescription drugs as well as street drugs.

If you have been arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, you have rights. Do not waive your right to remain silent–or your right to an attorney. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices to get the representation you need.