According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the prescription drug abusers in Ohio and throughout the U.S. are obtaining the substances through friends or family, as opposed to a dealer. Recent research determined that only 15 percent of the painkiller abusers interviewed actually received their drug from a stranger or dealer, rather than someone they already had an established relationship with. Users described as being at high-risk for suffering an overdose were less likely to receive their supply from a dealer.
If you have been charged with a drug crime related to prescription drugs, you should know that your future is in jeopardy.
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.
Most people prescribed powerful pain medications take them as directed and give them up without difficulty when the need for them subsides. But a small minority of individuals winds up getting hooked.