If you're caught using drugs or misusing prescription medications not prescribed to you, you could be accused of being in possession of a controlled substance. Controlled substances are usually seen as drugs that are illegal. They are highly regulated by the state and federal governments.
As someone facing a drug charge, you may feel it's largely unfair. You hadn't taken drugs in the past, but after your doctor prescribed you opioids, you were hooked. When your prescription ran out, you couldn't get more.
Controlled substances are types of drugs monitored and restricted due to their potential for negative effects on the human body. While most controlled substances are illegal drugs, not all have to be to fall into this category.
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.