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A few days ago, a reader wrote in asking something to the extent of:
"Hey I've done my research and I'm really eager to try out this Modafinil stuff. I've read through your other articles and I feel that this could help me improve my life for the better. I live in a country where Modafinil is regulated as a prescription medication and you can't get it over the counter. I want to buy it off the Internet, but I'm worried that I might end up in some kind of legal trouble, which I don't want to risk. What should I do?"
This was something I kind of took for granted, but I realize a lot of you guys face the same dilemma as the young man above.
The Legality of Modafinil:
In most first world countries around the world, Modafinil is regulated as a controlled substance. It is not viewed in the same category as cocaine or heroin, or even more mainstream ADD/ADHD amphetamine drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin. That being said, there is some degree of regulation on it that would prevent you from walking into a pharmacy and buying it over the counter. In most countries, it is a labelled as a prescription medication that is available for purchase through a doctor's prescription.
The United States uses a scale of 1 to 5 to label their controlled substances, with 1 being the most regulated and 5 being the least regulated. Modafinil falls into the category of a Schedule 4 controlled substance in the United States.
The properties of a Schedule IV controlled substance are as follows:
A. Has a low potential for abuse relative to the other drugs in Schedule III
B. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
C. Abuse of the substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the other compounds in Schedule III.
As far as the law is concerned, Modafinil is pretty tame and is generally not worth their time to go after anyone ordering small amounts for personal use.
Is there any legal way to get Modafinil without a prescription?
The answer is yes and no. You cannot 100% legally obtain Modafinil without a prescription in a country where it is deemed a controlled substance. The same applies to Armodafinil. As a general rule of thumb, if there are any regulations or restrictions placed on Modafinil in a certain country, those same restrictions would also be placed on Armodafinil.
While I can't technically advise anyone to do anything illegal, I can go into what people can expect if they were to theoretically go ahead and make an order without a prescription.
Should I be seriously be worried of getting locked up and thrown in jail for buying Modafinil off the Internet?
Here is the worst case scenario that can possibly manifest itself.
You go ahead and place an order for either Modafinil or Armodafinil through an online pharmacy through an offshore vendor without a prescription.
When your package reaches your country's borders, the custom's officials seize your order and mail you a letter saying that they have your shipment and if you want to fight for it, contact them. If you do actually have a prescription, you can go ahead and contact them (I think its unnecessary. Why do that when you can get a free reshipment in two weeks time?). If you don't have a prescription, you don't respond to the letter. And that's it...
Depending on your country's laws the package will either be destroyed (if it is deemed forbidden) or you may be asked to supply documentation (such as a prescription). If no action is taken on your part, the package will be destroyed after 30 days with no penalties to you.
Police are not going to show up at your door
You are not going to get arrested
Your country's officials are not going to go out of their way to prosecute you.
You are not going to get fined.
You can sleep peacefully at night knowing full well that no harm will come to you or your family.
There has yet to be a case of anyone getting arrested or facing legal ramifications on the charges of getting caught for buying Modafinil for their own personal use.
I've scoured the Internet searching for even one case where someone had to undergo any kind of legal procedures under the charges of importing of being in possession or Modafinil and I couldn't find anything. To be honest, I was actually quite shocked. There had to have been at least one case of someone getting screwed somewhere.
Not even one single case.
I welcome you to do your own research. If any of you guys see a story or a public record of anyone being prosecuted on the charges or buying or possessing Modafinil, I'd like to see it firsthand.
The "legal risks" have been way overblown
Modafinil exists in what is called the "grey market". It's not strictly illegal but its not something any random person can find without putting in some effort. It works great, and anything that works great takes a little bit of effort to get. The truth is the eyes of law enforcement do not view all drugs equally. Their main focus is on preventing the trafficking of hardcore substances such as cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelics, fentanyl, and amphetamines. Your order of a schedule IV prescription-legal compound that is used to promote wakefulness isn't even worth their time. They are too busy worrying about firearms, explosives, and hardcore Schedule I substances to care about something as petty as a Modafinil order.
That's the cold hard truth and the lack of any kind of record of arrests or prosecutions is a testament to that fact.
I myself have placed dozens of orders and the one time my package was seized, I received a letter in the mail (which I threw out), contacted my vendor, and got a free reshipment.
Here's a look at what a sample love letter from customs would look like.
I hope this clears up any remnants of the concerns I've been getting from you guys.
This is way overblown and not something worth losing any sleep over.