Two hospitals in Escambia County have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies claiming that the companies are in some way responsible for the ever-growing opioid epidemic in the county. The two hospitals are seeking the claim in hopes that they can recover the costs associated with treating patients addicted to opioids.
When you get a medication by prescription, that medication has been specifically designated for your use. By giving it away, you're actually hurting the person you give it to by allowing him or her to avoid going to the doctor and potentially allowing him or her to use a medication that isn't safe.
If someone is going to commit a drug-related offense, it's usually a good idea to do so in a way that isn't obvious. Unfortunately, some people make serious mistakes in judgment that land them in the path of the police.
If you distribute drugs to people who do not have a prescription, you can get into deep trouble with the law. Even though you may not be selling the drugs, it is illegal to give others medications that you possess even if you have extras. Sharing your pills or taking pills that don't belong to you are both illegal acts.
When you are sick or injured, you often need prescription medications to relieve pain or help you get better. These medications have an important purpose in the medical field, but some medications are addictive and can be abused.
A recently-released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents a mixed picture regarding the opioid epidemic in this country. According to the CDC, doctors are writing fewer opioid prescriptions than they did in 2010 and for smaller dosages. However, on average, the prescriptions they are writing are for longer periods.
The recent DUI arrest of golf great Tiger Woods has brought an increasingly significant danger on our roads to the forefront of American discourse -- people driving after taking legal, prescription medicine.
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.
Imagine going to your doctor after seeing an ad on the TV about a new drug. It sounds fantastic, and it says it can cure your disease. If your doctor looks shocked by the information, the likelihood is that you've just watched a bad ad.
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.