Prescription Drug Abuse in NJ
- March 9, 2012
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New Jersey’s new Attorney General has made it his mission to target prescription drug abuse. Two new units are being created to focus on prescription drug abuse, the Drug Division and Pharmacy Inspection Section. There will now be 52 investigators and a new Prescription Monitoring Program whereby pharmacies will provide law enforcement with information regarding sales of CDS and human growth hormones. There is now a website, including data collected from pharmacies since September 2011, permitting doctors and pharmacies to access data regarding patients.
The Prescription Monitoring Program will enable law enforcement to identify doctors and pharmacies that prescribe disproportionate amounts of CDS and human growth hormones (HGH), identify which geographic areas have an abnormally high levels of CDS and HGH prescription activity and other patterns of activity they wish to target.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office hosted the “American Medicine Chest Challenge” to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse. Morris County law enforcement officials have also cooperated in lengthy investigations of prescription painkiller rings spanning Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. Multiple fatalities in Essex County from Oxycodone led to the arrest of an Essex drug ring. A ring consisting of doctors, pharmacists and street level pushers in Hudson was arrested in connection with Percocet and Oxy-Contin sales. In Northern NJ, prescription drug abuse is being strictly monitored.
If you have been arrested for CDS in New Jersey you may be facing severe penalties with long-term consequences. To protect yourself and your future you should seek legal counsel to guide you through the matter with the least possible damage to your life and your future from the charges. For more information on CDS charges in NJ, visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.