Opioids have become such a major problem throughout the United States that they’re drawing attention to the role doctors, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies play in addiction. Not all people who end up dependent and addicted to drugs intended to become that way; in many cases, those struggling with pain and dealing with it through opioids are the ones who ended up paying the price.
No one deserves to face a felony for something that’s out of their control. That’s why many drug courts now aim to get individuals medical treatment from addiction services. This serves them much better than placing them behind bars, which does nothing to cure their ailments.
What’s interesting in Ohio is that every overdose is now being treated like it’s a homicide. Now, the police are after the people selling opioids instead of those overdosing or dosing on them. Although individuals can get into trouble and even face felony charges for using opioids, it’s those spreading their use who are most at risk of arrest. Now, they could be accused of homicides and murders just because they sold drugs to someone who felt they needed them.
Both prescription and illicit opioids are on the streets today, and they put everyone at risk. Even if you have them legally, you could open yourself up to questioning if you’re giving them away or selling them. If you face charges or allegations of drug abuse, stand your ground. Your attorney can help you prepare yourself for any interrogation or investigation, so you can protect your rights now and in the future.
Source: Clarion Ledger, “On the offensive: Fighting opioids in Ohio and Mississippi,” Therese Apel, Feb. 22, 2018