Q: So as long as I still have the bottle with my name on it the expiration date will not matter.
A: No, that's not quite what I wrote. I wrote that if you have a valid prescription, then you should be fine. If the prescription has expired (note: I'm not talking about the expiration date of the Vicodin), then that could be an issue because you may not have a valid reason for taking the Vicodin.
For example, if you were prescribed Vicodin 3 years ago for a temporary
condition which is no longer an issue, and you have Vicodin left over from that incident, then you may no longer have a valid reason for taking the Vicodin. If that is similar to your situation, then I would do one of two things: (1) stop taking Vicodin, or (2) go back to the doctor and ask for a new prescription (not that you would need to fill the prescription, but I'd want something in writing indicating that you have a valid reason for using the Vicodin).
Why is that important? Because your employer may think that you are abusing Vicodin if you have no valid prescription. For all your employer knows, you simply kept an old bottle from when you were prescribed Vicodin, and you buy new Vicodin pills illegally because of an addiction. Of course, I'm not saying that is the case here (I'm sure it's not), but my point is that merely having an old bottle with your name on it is not the same as having a valid prescription.
Does that help clarify? Please let me know if you need further clarification, as I am happy to continue assisting you.
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