It has been known for years that prescription and illicit opioids have been killing Americans in increasing numbers. These drugs, in the form of prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin, are taking lives at an alarming rate. Individuals who would never fit the stereotype of "drug users" are getting addicted, often after obtaining painkillers from medical professionals.
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Almost everyone is familiar with the campaign that runs through elementary, middle, and high schools every year proclaiming the evils of drugs in an effort to get children to steer clear from these vices. While there is still a significant amount of social pressure on parents to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol, children are not the only vulnerable age group. The aging baby-boomer population is actually using drugs and alcohol an increasing rate.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, we may head out to a number of parties and celebrations where a lot of alcohol is served. "Liquid courage" may have you believe that you're OK to drive after having a few drinks, but in reality, many drivers make this same gamble and lose.
One of the signature accomplishments of the Obama administration has been a greater focus on the consequences of America's decades-long drug war. In addition to changing sentencing policies and guidelines with the help of former Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama has made use of his executive powers to reduce unreasonable sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a violation that you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Besides endangering yourself and others, most violations come with mandatory fines, from $125 to $10,000, possible jail or prison time, and license revocation.
Drug laws have undergone some significant changes within the past few decades. In the early 1970’s, in the throes of a heroin epidemic and rising murder rates, along with President Richard Nixon declaring a war on drugs, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller campaigned to get tough on drug dealers and addicts by introducing mandatory sentences of 15 years to life. This included being found with small amounts of drugs, whether it was cocaine, heroin, or marijuana. This was a reversal from Rockefeller's previous stance of seeing drugs as a social problem, not as a criminal one.
The war on drugs has had an astronomically high cost to taxpayers and those who face drug charges. Considering how severe the consequences can be for drug possession, it stands to reason that police would want to do everything in their power to prevent mistaken arrests and misidentification of substances. But sadly, that isn't always the case.
Drug laws around the country change frequently, and in order to know how the laws affect you it is important to keep up with the changes that are taking place. If you are charged with a drug crime, you want to know what the laws are regarding the charges against you, and whether there is any opportunity for a defense. Most people think there is no real defense that can be used for charges such as drug possession, but that is not necessarily the case. There are some defenses that may be able to be used, and having an attorney to help you craft your defense can give you a better chance of being successful.
When police in Fairfax City, Va learned their mayor was involved in drugs-for-sex crimes, they set up a sting operation. Posing as civilians who would provide sex to the mayor and two of his acquaintances, police met with Mayor Silverthorne in a hotel parking lot. Officers watched him obtain methamphetamines from a supplier, approach their vehicle and give them the drugs. Silverthorne and his acquaintances were arrested on the spot.