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I had a situation where I was sideswiped and the Man who thought he was God starting screaming at me. I am female, don't like to fight, argue, and I kind of shut down and just shut up. He said I'M CALLING THE COPS!! I said GOOD, PLEASE DO! When the cop showed up they went away from me and chatted for about 15 minutes. The cop tried to talk to me but he was very aggressive. He shoved his hand in my car (my husband's car so I wasn't sure where all the docs were). I got a bad feeling and called my husband the attorney. He said don't let them in or search your car, don't let them do a breathalyzer, nothing. So the cop decided to call the EMS as he though I was wonky. I was in the midst of an anxiety attack. The hospital people were so nice and he hounded them for urine, blood, anything and I said I didn't have to pee, and they wouldn't give him blood. Thank you, kind hospital peeps! They saw what was up. I had pks and val in my system, most of you know I cannot function at all without them.

It turned into a long drawn out battle, does anyone know if they can find meds in a breathalyzer? Because I was worried which is why I didn't do it, knowing the consequences. I don't drink alcohol but 2 times a year. So yeah, they took away my license while all this went on but I didn't care I was so shell shocked from the whole experience it has been a few years and I have a fancy sports car and I have never driven recklessly or too fast and I don't like to drive anymore :( I get....anxiety now.

Long story short, we hired a lawyer who specialized in dmv/cop cases like this and I had to get letters from all my docs saying I was fit to drive and what meds I was rx'd. (nothing controlled haha). I had to re-take the exam, and the driving test, and I got my license back. I hate cops like that.

I don't know about meds and breathalyzers but I would like to know if something ever happened again. I got beat down by a cop and an arrogant misogynistic man. I shut down completely. It has happened in much less stressful situations. Why do I take benzos? to help me!!!!
 
@jaders your reaction is right on - it is the first time I felt bullied by grown up men. And I felt they concocted the narrative of the accident which was NOT my fault. I am a careful driver. I didn't even have meds on me in the car, but I was so suspicious that I was afraid the cop was going to plant something in my car. It was a nightmare that lasted around a year.
 
@Musing
I saw your question about potential breathalyzer detection of substances other than alcohol. Since the typical portable breathalyzer in use today is designed to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration), it only estimates how much alcohol is in your blood.
However, researchers in the last ten years have attempted to perfect a new device that can also measure breath concentrations of drugs.
 
@alumni thank you. I wanted to blow, because I have not had a drink in months and months! I just fall asleep! So for now, should it ever happen again, I will blow! I hope it takes them a long time to perfect the one that can tell if you have other substances in your system.
 
@jaders your reaction is right on - it is the first time I felt bullied by grown up men. And I felt they concocted the narrative of the accident which was NOT my fault. I am a careful driver. I didn't even have meds on me in the car, but I was so suspicious that I was afraid the cop was going to plant something in my car. It was a nightmare that lasted around a year.
Yes! The girl who T-boned me (because she was TEXTING) got nothing; the cop who came out FOLLOWED my ambulance to the hospital to ticket ME for the crash...he said I ran the stop sign there (uh, no...I didn't even see the girl who hit me cause she was coming so fast). I'm surprised this clown didn't plant something on me either. Small town cop, nothing better to do, etc. SMH.
 
@Musing just reading this and have to say that I experienced something similar. The power tripping amongst these people at airports and other areas is stunning! I also luckily had others around who intervened. Very scary and frustrating. Made me want to go back to law school. There is a lot of work to be done.
 
Just keep everything in the safe confines of your own home and it ought never be an issue
 
With that said, I don’t think it’s usually a problem until it is a problem. I travel with meds in a plastic divider all the time with no issues. However if you draw LEs jaundiced eye and their looking for some reason to pop you, it’s an easy one. Big thing is just don’t have loosies sitting in your pocket or a car counsel, that will definitely draw more questions
 
My lesson for all of this is to get the second bottle, be very careful about when it is needed to travel with and just never talk to police without lawyer, as I learned you do not have to do any field sobriety test as they are voluntary. Assert fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination (in the US). I don't know what the laws are in other countries better to know than find out!
 
Lots of good advice in this thread, thanks all. I've always been hesitant to carry my prescription bottles with me because I'm afraid of someone seeing my hydrocodone and trying to steal it from me since it's so hard to come by these days. I save all my old bottles, so maybe using a bottle that's less than 3 months old and keeping just 1-2 pills in it is the way to go.
 
It just dawned on me, if I'm going to carry a prescription bottle with only 1-2 pills in it, I should probably stuff a tissue or cotton balls in the bottle to keep the pills from rattling around till they're a pile of dust.
 
Rush Limbaugh was stopped by customs for having Viagra in a labeled prescription bottle that had someone else's name on it. He had the doctor put someone else name on it for privacy.

TSA looks through my baggage all the time as my airport does not have a large xray. They do not seem to care if things are in a plastic bag. It is certainly easy enough to print a label not that I would advocate doing that.
Excuse my ignorance - you would not advocate printing a label with the real substance inside the bottle or something that looks similar but not controlled possibly?
We were actually traveling in Boston not long ago and the TSA stopped us because of hubby's luggage. Why? He had several medications, in their full prescription bottles with his name on them, inside a big plastic bag in his knapsack. They pulled it out and looked at it, then kicked us loose. Apparently his diabetes and BP meds weren't that interesting. But yeah they can definitely take an interest in you with these items.
 
It just dawned on me, if I'm going to carry a prescription bottle with only 1-2 pills in it, I should probably stuff a tissue or cotton balls in the bottle to keep the pills from rattling around till they're a pile of dust.
Yep, I do this too, plus places like my job have stairs and the last thing I want or need is pills rattling around as I go up steps or walk around lol. (Although in a previous workplace that would have led to folks asking what I had and if they could buy any!).
 
Yep, I do this too, plus places like my job have stairs and the last thing I want or need is pills rattling around as I go up steps or walk around lol. (Although in a previous workplace that would have led to folks asking what I had and if they could buy any!).

The dreaded rattle... always makes me cringe.:LOL:
 
Yep, I do this too, plus places like my job have stairs and the last thing I want or need is pills rattling around as I go up steps or walk around lol. (Although in a previous workplace that would have led to folks asking what I had and if they could buy any!).

The dreaded rattle... always makes me cringe.:LOL:
Right?! Always made me go aw crap even if I was only carrying Tylenol or something lol
 
I travel so much and bring my meds in plastic containers meant for daily meds. Just don't bring too many. Shocked to hear about the Boston TSA check...I travel through that airport monthly. I bring my supplements too. Just shocked to hear these stories. I've brought a entire bottle of 200 count Motrin too ( opened) and never even thought about it. Wonder if they profile? I never worry about my meds while traveling and I have severe anxiety. I get the pat down a lot and my bag has been poked through but aren't they looking for weapons?

Interested to hear from anyone who works or knows someone who works for TSA.
 
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