When Opioid Abuse And Addiction Lead To Criminal Charges
For years, doctors widely and freely prescribed pain medications known as opioids for a wide range of injuries and medical conditions. While doctors routinely assured patients that the pills they prescribed were safe, use and abuse of prescription medications spread as millions of Americans became addicted.
Today, Tennessee is grappling with how to address the opioid crisis that has enveloped and killed thousands in Chattanooga and throughout the state. Additionally, the abuse of prescription medications commonly used to treat mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and hyperactivity are also on the rise. In an effort to crack down on the illegal use of prescription drugs, federal and state law enforcement officials are ramping up enforcement actions against individuals who illegally sell, possess and use prescription drugs.
At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, our attorneys stand up for and defend the rights of individuals who are facing drug charges related to prescriptions drugs, including:
Strong Defense Against Prescription Drug Charges
Unless a doctor prescribes a medication to you, it is illegal to possess, distribute or use any prescription drug. This means that you could face drug distribution charges even if you give someone one pain or anti-anxiety pill. Like all drug charges, the severity of the criminal charges you face will depend on the type and quantity of drugs involved and the related circumstances. If you are a first-time offender or admit to having an addiction problem, we are often able to win a dismissal or reduction of charges and obtain the treatment you need to get and stay sober.