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Should prescription drug charges always lead to jail time?

Georgia takes crimes involving controlled substances seriously. You could even face prescription drug charges if you are found with too many of them. The question is, however, whether you should face criminal penalties such as jail time and fines or should you be given the opportunity to seek help with an addiction?

Not every person carrying numerous prescription drugs intends to sell them. You may be one of those who became addicted to opiods after an injury. Your doctor may have given you a prescription for OxyContin, Vicodin or some other addictive painkiller, and now you can’t stop using them. These types of medications have seen a growing number of overdoses since the potency of these medications can be deceiving.

Other Georgia residents with conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression may take medication to which they become addicted. Sedatives, tranquilizers and antidepressants are prescribed for a variety of conditions. Considering the fact that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration equates many prescription drugs to cocaine and heroin, you would think that doctors would require more monitoring of patients to detect addiction.

It would be easy to blame others for an addiction, but in the end, you must deal with the problem. In many cases, it was not until an individual is arrested on prescription drug charges that he or she is ready to take the appropriate steps to deal with the problem. If this is your situation, with the right representation you could have an advocate on your side who believes that instead of spending time in jail, you should receive the treatment you need to overcome your addiction and move forward with your life. Depending on the circumstances, this may be one possible outcome.

Source: drugfreeworld.org, “Prescription Drugs: What you don’t know“, Accessed on Sept. 10, 2017