Prescription Drug use is a common practice in today’s society. The advances in medicine and science have made it much easier to cope with pain from injuries, surgeries, diseases, etc. But, there are significant downsides to these drugs. They have the potential to become very addictive and can turn a perfectly legal activity into an illegal one.
Those that have become dependent on the prescription drug believe that it will always be easy to acquire through a prescription. However, this isn’t the case. New laws have been enacted to closely monitor prescription drug use that will make the drugs much more difficult to obtain once a patient has recovered and medication is no longer needed. With the threat of losing a license much more likely, medical professionals are more cautious when writing prescriptions. This has resulted in many addicts crossing over to criminal activity in order to acquire the drugs.
The most common criminal activity an addict will get involved in is prescription fraud. An addict that has grown dependent on a prescription drug will rely on their primary physician’s written prescriptions. Once a medical professional no longer writes a prescription for a patient that has become addicted to the drugs, the patient is forced to take matters into their own hands. This usually results in the patient becoming involved in illegal activity such as stealing prescription pads or forging copies of past prescriptions to present to pharmacies. In addition, the patient can purchase the drugs illegally from someone else that has either had the medicine prescribed to them or obtained it illegally.
Call An Experienced, Monmouth and Ocean County Criminal Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested for illegally possessing prescribed drugs or attempting to acquire them illegally, you will need an experienced attorney at your side. Contact Fred Sisto at 732-898-3232 for professional advice regarding your situation.