Addiction and unauthorized prescription drugs can lead to serious legal problems

It is safe to assume that no person sets out to become addicted to any drug, even prescription medicine. Unfortunately, it happens to people from all walks of life, from licensed professionals to young adults working their first job.

Addiction happens over time, but most people are not aware they are addicted until they no longer have access to the drug. For example, say you suffer a back injury, and your doctor prescribes strong painkillers to help you cope. Once your doctor feels you are ready to stop the medicine, you may already be addicted.

How do prescription drug charges arise?

Many people in the Longview, Texas region are willing to trade their prescribed drugs for money. If you give in to this temptation and purchase prescription-only medicines, you could face severe drug-related charges. Below, we have provided a few examples of drugs that lead to harsh consequences if found in your possession without a valid prescription.

  • Drugs containing opiates such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Percocet and morphine
  • Anti-anxiety meds like Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium and Librium
  • Appetite-suppressant drugs (diet pills) containing stimulants such as amphetamines, ephedrine and diethylpropion

Our defense lawyers believe that helping victims overcome drug charges (and addiction) is a far more beneficial approach than increasing their hardships with a jail sentence or expensive fines. As such, we try to work with law enforcement and state prosecutors to have the charges dropped or reduced, allowing defendants to begin treating their addiction right away.

If you want to learn more about our firm’s approach to defending those arrested on drug possession charges, please continue exploring our website and blog.