Pot, Pills, and Snow White
Drug abuse is a top health and legal issue in the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates the economic cost of drug abuse in our country is $215 billion. A rapidly expanding drug issue is prescription drug abuse.
Prescription drug abuse refers to use by individuals of medication not prescribed to them, or in dosages or forms different than dispensed. It also means diversion of prescription medication through illegal channels to fuel addictions across the country. A 2010 national survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found the following:
- Over 22 million Americans aged 12 and older — representing almost nine percent of the population — had used illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey.
- Specifically, there were seven million people aged 12 and over who used prescription-type drugs for non-medicinal use in the month prior to the survey.
- Illicit drugs with highest level of abuse were marijuana, pain relievers, and cocaine.
Drug abuse is personally dangerous, and illegal trafficking networks that exist to supply illicit drugs profit from that damage to others. It is an old story. In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted drug violations were the most common category of arrest with over 14 million arrests.
Penalties for drug violations are severe. As drug abuse has grown, so has the number of clients we defend against drug charges in Berks County. If arrested, contact us — criminal defense is our top legal issue.