In a battle that is taking place across the country, prescription drugs are being doled out and abused at alarming rates. Unscrupulous doctors and addicted patients are caught in a cycle that has left hundreds dead and many behind bars. Although the problem isn’t unique to Ohio, it is highly concentrated here.
The Columbus Dispatch recently published a story showcasing just how serious the problem is getting, particularly in the southern regions, including Scioto County. This area of the state is particularly vulnerable due to poverty and the location between bordering states.
Drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin are commonly abused prescriptions. They are prescribed legitimately for pain and abused for their narcotic effects. All of these are highly addictive and extremely valuable on the black market.
Many people don’t get help for these addictions because they believe an addiction to prescriptions is manageable. This is far from true when you have a physician as your dealer. For those people who have never had a legitimate prescription for these drugs, obtaining their goods is a risky walk into the criminal underground.
Being caught in possession of prescription drugs without having a prescription in your name can result in felony drug charges and lengthy prison stints. Similarly, if you have a prescription and sell your drugs to others who don’t you can be charged.
Doctors, patients, and addicts are going to jail in record numbers for offenses involving prescription drugs. According to the news, these “pill mills” where prescriptions can be legally obtained by just about anyone are furthering the problem.
When facing drug charges you need an aggressive local defense attorney on your side. Whether your drug of choice is Vicodin or marijuana, the consequences can be life altering. If you or someone you know is facing drug charges of any kind in Ohio, we can help.
Together we will review the evidence against you and work towards the best possible outcome in court. Call today for a free consultation and valuable advice on any Ohio criminal offense.