Ativan (Lorazepam) Possession

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Criminal Penalties for Possession of Ativan

Ativan requires a valid prescription for legal use.
Ativan requires a valid prescription for legal use.

Ativan is a Class C substance. Anyone found guilty of illegally possessing Ativam faces penalties under Massachusetts law: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C outlines the penalties for illegal possession of this drug. A conviction for illegal possession of Ativan carries the following penalties:

  • 1st Offense: Up to 1 year in a House of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $1,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
  • 2nd Offense: Up to 2 years in a House of Corrections or County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.

Drug Facts About Ativan (Lorazepam)

Ativan is a Benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines, also known as ‘benzos’, are considered tranquilizers and they are mainly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, seizures and alcohol withdrawal. Benzos act on the central nervous systems causing several effects including: anxiolytic effects (anxiety relief); hypnotic effects (promotes sleep); anticonvulsant effects, and sedating effects.

The five most commonly prescribed Benzos are Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan and Rostoril.

Ativan has several known street names including Control and Silence.

Ativan is one of the most prescribed Benzos every year; 27.6 million Ativan prescriptions were filled in 2011.

Ativan is typically prescribed for its anti-anxiety, anti-panic, sedating, muscle relaxant, sleep inducing, anti-nausea and anti-convulsant effects. It is most commonly prescribed to treat short-term anxiety, insomnia, sedation of hospital patients and acute seizures. Ativan is one of the top prescriptions drugs sold on the black market. In 2011 there was over 2,300 Ativan reports from Federal, state and local forensic crime laboratories. There were over 36,000 Ativan related emergency room visits in 2010.

Ativan Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Nausea
  • Blurred Vision

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Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Ativan Possession with Intent to Distribute lawyer at The Noonan Defense Firm are available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Scituate, Hanover, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Kingston, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Dartmouth, Westport, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable.