The issue of overuse and abuse of narcotic prescription pain killers is one that has garnered significant attention in recent years. According to the Ohio Department of Health the mortality rate due to painkiller overdoses was so high that in 2011, one person died every five hours.
The nature of the problem is so troubling that the state has been fighting back in a number of different ways. Laws have been passed aimed at curbing trafficking and possession and police are diligent in the enforcement of those laws. Many times, the defendants in such cases are average people who have been drawn into making bad decisions after getting hooked on the drugs themselves.
They've probably never been in trouble with the law before and now face criminal charges that could result serious penalties and have life-long ramifications. For the sake of their futures, they should be working with experienced and aggressive legal counsel.
No two cases are alike, of course, so no assurances can be made of outcomes, but by working with an attorney you can be sure you are aware of all your options. And chances are there are some available that will only be apparent to an experienced advisor.
Not all of the state's responses to this issue deal with enforcement. As an example, there is the Automated Rx Reporting System that allows medical professionals and officials to identify potential individuals who may be "doctor shopping" to deceitfully get prescriptions.
And there is the state's participation in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that was held earlier this month. Officials say this year's activity resulted in more than 10 tons of drugs being taken out of circulation. Nationally, since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency has reportedly used the program to collect more than 2,100 tons of leftover drugs.
Source: Troy Daily News, "Miami County collects 128 pounds of pills at drug take-back event," Melanie Yingst, Oct. 11, 2014