Families may be aware something has gone wrong when a loved one begins behaving unusually. They don’t know what to make of the changes, and they may worry about the onset of mental illness. Not until they are faced with the prospect of hiring a Drug Possession Lawyer does everything becomes clear. Their son or daughter, sister or brother, mother or father has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of the opioid fentanyl.
What is exactly is fentanyl and why is there so much concern about this particular drug? This is a powerful prescription pain reliever that is not intended for widespread use. Even when people do obtain it legally with a doctor’s prescription, they may use too much in an effort to reduce their pain more effectively. That can lead to an accidental fatal overdose. The high-profile celebrity deaths of musicians Tom Petty and Prince put this possibility into the spotlight.
This drug is 30 times more potent than heroin. In prescription form, it usually is applied with a patch or injected with a syringe. Obtained illegally, the drug is usually provided in pills or as a powder. Drug traffickers can mail the substance into this country, often doing so with fentanyl disguised as other drugs in pill form. They may buy from chemists in other countries who have figured out how to make fentanyl. About 20,000 U.S. residents died from a fentanyl overdose in 2017, accounting for about 28 percent of all opioid fatalities in this country.
The Switch to Heroin
A Drug Possession Lawyer represents clients who have been charged with illegal possession of fentanyl or with possession of heroin, a substance many people turn to when they have trouble obtaining fentanyl. Sometimes this is because a valid prescription has run out and cannot be refilled. In other cases, the person’s illegal source of fentanyl disappears or quits selling.
This crisis continues to build momentum. After an arrest, the family members may hire a law firm such as Addair Thurston Chtd. to do whatever is possible to keep their relative out of prison and to get help. More details on this law firm can be seen at Addairthurston.com. You can also watch video on their YouTube channel.