Your visit to an Arizona doctor confirms that you need to use a syringe to treat a condition you have. Even though you have a legitimate use for a syringe, you might fear that a law enforcement officer might see it with you and suspect you of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Drug paraphernalia consists of tools and devices used to cultivate and ingest illegal drugs. Because syringes are explicitly used to inject substances into the human body, they tend to fall under immediate suspicion. It does not help that many addicts use needles to consume drugs like cocaine and heroin. Still, syringes have valid uses and you should not suffer legal repercussions just for having one.
Legitimate uses for syringes
Many people take medicine through pills, caps and liquids, but some patients need a direct injection. Diabetics are perhaps the most well known patients who use syringes. In their case, diabetics inject insulin to treat their conditions. Generally, patients receive a prescription from their doctors to buy a syringe from their pharmacy. The prescription can be for the medicine or the syringe itself.
Buying a syringe with no prescription
The issue becomes more complicated if you want to buy a syringe without a prescription. According to FindLaw, in nearly half of the United States, a person has explicit authorization to buy a syringe without a prescription. Many of the remaining states are silent on the matter. Arizona does not currently have a law addressing the sale of syringes, so just possessing a syringe should not be illegal.
Because of the association of syringes with illegal drugs, it is easy for a law enforcement officer to draw the conclusion that you are using one for unlawful purposes. This can lead to a legal entanglement as you try to convince the authorities that you use a syringe for legitimate reasons. If you have a prescription, it may help to carry it with you to show that you have a good reason to own a syringe.