Controlled Substances

ORS 475.824
Unlawful possession of methadone


It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess methadone unless the methadone was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by ORS 475.005 (Definitions for ORS 475.005 to 475.285 and 475.752 to 475.980) to 475.285 (Short title) and 475.752 (Prohibited acts generally) to 475.980 (Affirmative defense to ORS 475.969, 475.971, 475.975 (1) and 475.976 (1)).


(a) Unlawful possession of methadone is a Class A misdemeanor.


Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, unlawful possession of methadone is a Class C felony if:


The person possesses a usable quantity of methadone and:


At the time of the possession, the person has a prior felony conviction;


At the time of the possession, the person has two or more prior convictions for unlawful possession of a usable quantity of a controlled substance; or
(iii) The possession is a commercial drug offense under ORS 475.900 (Crime category classification) (1)(b); or


The person possesses 40 or more user units of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methadone. [2011 c.524 §20; 2017 c.706 §10]
Chapter 475

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 561 (1972); 69 OLR 171 (1990)


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Jun. 26, 2021