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Private Money Flooding Pennsylvania to Fight Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has been the subject of considerable national attention over the last several years. The issue has been especially pressing locally, as Pennsylvania is one of the states with the highest numbers of opioid overdoses. It’s perhaps unsurprising that there has been a lot of debate among law enforcement officials and the state […]

AG Sessions: US Will Continue to Enforce Federal Drug Laws Despite Trump Marijuana Deal with Colorado

Earlier this year, a deal between President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado made headlines, as Trump promised he would support legislation to protect the state’s burgeoning marijuana industry. However, in recent remarks, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that despite the apparent deal, the federal government will continue to enforce the […]

Federal, State Authorities Ramp Up Fentanyl Enforcement

Both federal and Pennsylvania state law enforcement officials are more aggressively prosecuting drug crimes involving fentanyl, even going so far as to use statutes that had rarely been cited over the past few decades. In some cases, they are treating overdose deaths as homicides and are seizing larger quantities of the drugs and issuing conspiracy […]

Driver Who Had License Suspended After Drug Conviction Sues to Repeal Pennsylvania Law

Russell Harold, a 52-year-old man from the Philadelphia area, has seen his fair share of legal troubles over the past few years. He was arrested in Philadelphia for drug possession when police caught him with prescription pills and marijuana in his pocket. He was sentenced to two years of probation, along with a two-year driver’s […]

Could Medical Marijuana Soon Be Legal in Pennsylvania?

Over the past several years, a number of states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, including Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. And to date, 23 states allow for the medical use of marijuana, a number that will likely increase in the near future. Pennsylvania could be joining the list as a bill to legalize […]

Routine Traffic Stop Turns Into Human Trafficking and Drug Charges

When police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made a routine traffic stop along Interstate 81, they likely never would have guessed what awaited them. According to police, the vehicle contained several thousand baggies of heroin, as well as four teenage girls being trafficked by two adults in the vehicle. The vehicle was originally pulled over for a […]

What Leads to a Charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver?

More than a dozen suspected drug dealers were nabbed in an early-morning raid in Berks County on September 3, 2014, in what officials are calling a response to concerned citizens. The 13 arrested individuals are believed to be low- to mid-level dealers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. All but one of them is charged with […]

Adderall Drug Abuse Trends Among College Students

Adderall is a medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug uses a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine to control symptoms of ADHD, giving those with the disorder greater focus. It’s become the drug of choice among college students and high performing young professionals. But Adderall possession is a crime if you do […]

A Big Difference: Drug Charges in Pennsylvania

If it seems like arrest on criminal charges is more common than it used to be — it is. A 2011 study found roughly 30 percent, almost one-third of Americans, are arrested on charges by age 23 — not including minor traffic violations.  The figure marks a big difference from a similar 1965 study that […]

Rx for Disaster

You have unused medications on the shelf. A friend offers a painkiller because he or she had extra. You went to a party and were given some pills that made you feel pretty good. You are not causing trouble — so there is no trouble, right? Well, wrong.  Using prescription drugs without a valid prescription […]

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