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Bill shifts focus to treatment of opioid addicts

Drugs are a problem for communities throughout the nation, including Cleveland, Ohio. Their use leads law enforcement officers to arrest individuals for a variety of crimes related to their use. In some instances the crimes allegedly committed by individuals are the result of an addiction to the substance. Currently, opioids, which are highly addictive and are often in the form of prescription medications, are particularly problematic for people of all ages, and from all backgrounds.

Recognizing the addictive nature of these drugs, legislators in Washington D.C., recently took action. They passed a bill that changes the way dealing with people caught with these drugs is handled. The bill moves to get to the heart of the problem and treat individuals who are addicted to opioids, rather than go after them as criminals.

Specifically, the bill:

  • Gives people who work in community centers or schools, access to naloxone, which is used to reverse an opioid overdose
  • Expands on which healthcare providers can administer treatment for addiction, with medications
  • Provides funding to seek alternatives to jail for individuals who are opioid abusers

The bill is expected to be signed by the president.

How this action will affect those who are arrested in conjunction with opioid drug crimes remains to be seen. Depending on the specific situation, it is possible that people facing certain charges could find themselves on the receiving end of treatment rather than jail time.

Regardless of the criminal charge, in building a defense it is important to look at all of the details of the case. The best approach will take those details into account. The lawyers at The Goldberg Law Firm understand this. To learn how they can assist you with your criminal matter, contact them online or call 800-845-4710.

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