Drug addiction is a serious problem in our society. Has your life been negatively affected by it in some way? Perhaps you or someone you love has battled (or is battling) addiction. Several years ago, it was estimated that doctors in New York and throughout the United States, wrote more than 29 million prescriptions that contained Ritalin and other potentially addictive drugs.
Drug use in America often leads to other problems. Whether family-related, work-related or trouble with the law, it’s not often that one becomes involved in illicit drug activity without suffering some sort of negative repercussion. One of the easiest means for avoiding such problems is obviously to abstain from all illegal drug use. However, what about prescription medication for which you might have a valid need to take?
Top dangerous prescription drugs
Arming oneself with information regarding possible side effects and other issues commonly associated with certain types of drugs may help prevent overdose, but may also reduce the number of incidents involving criminal charges related to drug use. The following is a non-extensive list of drugs thought to have the highest potential for addiction and other problems:
· Stimulants: These are drugs that enhance brain alertness, energy and focus, and they are widely prescribed to help those diagnosed with conditions such as ADD and ADHD.
· Opioids: If you’ve ever suffered acute muscle injury in your lower back or other chronic pain conditions, you might have taken this type of drug, which often produce euphoric effects and have the ability to relieve pain.
· Depressants: Used as tranquillizers and to induce feelings of calmness, depressants can reduce anxiety and increase one’s ability to relax.
Sometimes, trouble arises even if for a person without a prescription. For instance, imagine you are having ongoing back pain and a friend of yours offers you a tablet, saying it is a medication that will help you feel better. If you don’t inquire further regarding what exact type of drug it is, whether it’s a controlled substance and whether one needs a prescription for it, you might be at risk for several types of harm.
Facing allegations of illegal drug activity?
The above scenario could possibly lead to criminal charges. Let’s say, for instance, your friend offered you that pain reliever tablet without informing you it was a heavy narcotic, and then you got into your car to drive after taking it. The effects of the drug may inhibit your driving skills, thus resulting in getting pulled over in a traffic stop. Before you know it, an officer is asking you to exit your vehicle to perform field sobriety tests under suspicion of impaired driving.
New York is one of many states that govern such situations under implied consent. This means upon receiving a driver’s license, you automatically agreed to take any chemical test lawfully requested by a law enforcement agent who has probable cause to suspect you of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That small pain relief tablet could wind up getting you arrested.
Fighting charges in court
This, of course, is only one example of how prescription drugs may lead to legal trouble. Whether you were in a house searched by police in an alleged drug raid, or you face charges for any drug crime, including possession of marijuana, you have the right to fight the charges against you. If you present a strong defense, you might be able to avoid conviction.
In such situations, it’s typically best to act alongside skilled representation. An experienced defense lawyer knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and can guide you through the process in a way that increases your chances of achieving positive results.