Has Your Prescription Drug Addiction Lead to Criminal Charges?

Treadaway & Treadaway July 17, 2018

Prescription drug addiction has become a serious problem in all states, including Georgia. From 2008 through 2009, approximately 361,000 Georgia citizens used pain relievers without having a medical issue. Abuse of prescription medication leads to abuse of other illicit drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as quoted in an article from Lakeview Health, over ten percent of all Americans who were older than eleven years used illicit drugs in the month prior to the study.

Georgia Laws

Possession of prescription and illegal drugs is heavily regulated under Georgia law, and you could face serious penalties if you are convicted of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Title 16, Chapter 13 of the Georgia Code outlines the “schedules” for classification of drugs. Schedule I drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse and addiction and have no accepted medical use. Possession of Schedule I and II drugs could get you up to 15 years in prison.

Opioid Abuse

Between June 2016 and May 2017, over 541 million doses of opioid drugs were prescribed to Georgians. That equates to approximately fifty-four doses for each resident (including children) of the state of Georgia. Georgia also ranks in the top eleven states for deaths caused by drug overdose. Fifty-five Georgia counties have an overdose rate that is higher than the national average.

Prescription Drug Abuse

If you or someone you know abuses prescription drugs, you should seek immediate help. Abuse subjects people to serious criminal penalties and pose significant health risks. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of or possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, you should contact a criminal law attorney as soon as possible. Criminal convictions carry heavy penalties. Contact our criminal defense attorneys at Treadaway &Treadaway – today.