Turlock, CA asked in Products Liability and Medical Malpractice for California

Q: Hi, if I were to ID reference a random person for their Walgreens prescription would I be responsible for them?

Hi, I had a question about ID referencing. One night I was getting ready to head home from work and this lady came up to me saying that she didn’t have her ID with her. I questioned her reasoning for getting her pain meds at Walgreens and if she was prescribed them, I talked to the pharmacist and he said that she was, she seemed like she was telling the truth. I proceeded to reference ID with her so she could get her meds. If anything did happen to her like overdosing would I be responsible?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hmm. You "referenced ID'd" (I don't even know what that means, it isn't a legal term) for a person that you don't know, at all, for them to obtain federally controlled substances from a Pharmacist and now you want to know if you could get into trouble? Well, it could be criminal fraud, you could be charged with aiding and abetting an illegal procurement of controlled substances, and the person could OD or cause themselves real harm, because you enabled them to obtain the drugs. Where do you get the idea that it is ok for you to vouch for other people at all , let alone a "random" person that you don't know because they "seemed like they were telling the truth." You are not being a "good samaritan" you are being an "officious intermeddler" meaning someone that pokes into things that are not his business, and that he should stay out of. You are not Atlas to take the world's problems on your shoulders. Don't do this.

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