Nevada Revised Statute 453.421 makes doctor shopping a category C felony punishable by one to five years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine. The same penalties also apply to health care providers, drug makers, or suppliers who unlawfully prescribe or dispense controlled substances.
NRS 453.421. A person who violates any provision of NRS 453.371 to 453.391, inclusive, is guilty of a category C felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.
NRS 453.421 makes doctor shopping and wrongfully administering drugs a category C felony in Nevada. The punishment includes:
- One to five years in Nevada State Prison, and
- Up to $10,000 in fines (at the court’s discretion)1
Specifically, it is a category C felony to take any of the following five actions:
- Unlawfully taking drugs from a health care provider, pharmacy, drugmaker, or store;
- Getting drugs from more than one provider without informing the providers of this (“doctor shopping”);
- A health care provider prescribing drugs for illegitimate medical purposes;
- A health care provider prescribing Schedule II drugs for him/herself or his/her spouse or children except in emergency cases; or
- Pharmacists filling orders they have reason to believe are not valid.2
Depending on the case, criminal charges can be dropped if the defendant did not act knowingly or if the police found the evidence through an unlawful search. Category C felony convictions can be sealed from the defendant’s criminal record five years after the case closes, but dismissals can be sealed immediately.3
See our related articles on unlawfully obtaining prescription drugs (NRS 453.391) and unlawfully administering or prescribing drugs (NRS 453.381).
- NRS 453.421. Penalty for violation of NRS 453.371 to 453.391, inclusive.
- Same; NRS 453.381; NRS 453.391.
- NRS 179.245; NRS 179.255.