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Team doctors face scrutiny before changes in drug transportation

Anyone can be charged for violating drug laws, even doctors. That may be why the doctors for the National Football League (NFL) felt harassed when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) came to talk to them in 2011 about their responsibility in medicating patients in the correct manner.

Don't ignore a prescription drug violation

Taking prescription drugs is something that should only be done under a doctor's supervision. For some people, the need to keep their pain under control becomes too difficult and they turn to other ways of getting the pain medications they need. In these cases, the people who get the drugs from a source other than the doctor are at risk of facing criminal charges.

Amphetamine abuse is increasing in Florida and nationwide

A good deal of media attention has been given recently to the abuse of prescription painkillers. However, less has been given to another type of prescription drug that is being abused -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication. These medications include popular drugs like Adderall, which is an amphetamine used to treat ADHD.

What kinds of drug crimes are there?

There are several different kinds of prescription drug crimes that can be committed. The main three include possession, distribution and use. If you're accused of any of these crimes in Florida, it's important to look into your legal options immediately. Your reputation is on the line, and your attorney may be able to help you successfully defend yourself.

How Florida tackles prescription drug abuse and violations

If you violate the law by selling prescription medications, giving them to friends, or by doctor shopping to obtain more for your own addiction, you need to defend yourself from the moment of your arrest. This is a serious crime, and Florida has been cracking down on offenders.

What does a prosecutor need to prove for a drug charge?

Drug possession laws in Florida are particular about which substances you can and cannot have, distribute or sell. If you're caught selling or distributing drugs that you have specifically for yourself, then you can be in serious trouble. For instance, if you receive a prescription drug, you can't give that prescription to someone else for his or her use. It has to be specifically prescribed to that person. Selling a prescription, like hydrocodone, for instance, is against the law. Opiates are easily abused, which is why they are restricted.

What should you know about first-time prescription drug crimes?

Although many people need prescription drugs on a daily basis, these drugs can sometimes be addictive and lead to drug abuse. There are criminal penalties for prescription drug abuse. Things like shopping doctors to obtain extra prescriptions, selling narcotics and possessing prescriptions that are not your own are all criminal acts.

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