NJ Makes Plans To Curtail Prescription Drug Abuse
- July 13, 2013
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New Jersey is planning to slow down prescription drug abuse after a rapid rise in such abuse over the past few years. People, especially teens, have been abusing drugs including Adderall, Ritalin, codeine, methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone, vicodin, Valium, Xanax, Ambien, Lunesta at an ever increasing rate. Although these drugs are beneficial for certain conditions and there is a legitimate need for them, they are addictive and often lead to other drug use, including heroin. With fear for public safety and especially younger generations which seem to have a high percentage of addiction among users, New Jersey is considering methods, including legislation, to monitor the sale of prescription medicine. The ease of obtaining controlled dangerous substances (CDS) from corrupt doctors, phony wellness clinics and organized crime are considered the primary reasons for the rise in use of both heroin and prescription medication in the past few years. The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation has put forward recommendations in order to try and curtail distribution for inappropriate purposes throughout the state. They believe actions such as regulation of prepaid cellular phones, strengthening the state’s prescription drug monitoring system and the formation of a state strike force for drug investigations would greatly decrease the sale of these narcotics to minors. The Commission’s report includes data supporting the premise that the use by minors of prescription medication for recreational purposes often leads to trying heroin which is instantly addicting. Heroin addiction often leads to a substantial criminal history as individuals who cannot keep a job resort to shoplifting, theft, burglary and occasionally robbery in order to obtain funds to support their habit. Another frequent consequence of heroin is fatal overdose. Prescription drug charges in NJ will have a serious impact on your life including inability to obtain certain jobs and social stigma. If you are facing charges of possession or distribution in NJ you should seek an experienced attorney immediately to protect your rights. For more information on possession, distribution, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle or other serious drug charges in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way is it intended to replace to advice of legal counsel.