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Tennessee Prescription Drug Abuse Laws

Posted June 5, 2013Lee Martin - Drug Cases

Tennessee drug laws are designed to crack down on the illegal possession, use, and/or distribution of prescription medications.  Prescription drug abuse and fraud should not be taken lightly.  Now, Tennessee has a greater focus on prescription drug fraud.

Even if a drug is legally prescribed by a physician, it can be illegal when someone uses it without a valid prescription.  If you are being investigated by a detective for prescription drug fraud, you need to have an experienced Tennessee drug crime defense lawyer on your side.  Most likely if you have been contacted by law enforcement, an arrest warrant is sure to follow.  It is important to your defense that you give as little information as possible on the front to law enforcement.  Whatever you say can and will used against you in court.  So therefore, limit what you say to law enforcement.

Prescription drug fraud and abuse is on the rise throughout the United States and Tennessee.  There are many possible ways for someone to acquire prescription drugs for illegal use. Most often this is accomplished by acquiring them a person who has a valid prescription.  Some people steal a physician's prescription pad and forge their signature in order to obtain their medications.  Others create a counterfeit prescription that resembles a doctor's official prescription pad.  While others, just get their drug from a middle man or drug dealer.  "Doctor Shopping" is also common and it is illegal.  Here, a person will go to many different physicians and complain of medical conditions so that they can get multiple prescriptions for their false ailments.  Tennessee has a greater focus on closing down these types of pain clinics and prescription drug fraud.

Pain medication is the most sought after type of drug.  If taken in high dosages, the sensation mirrors those of illegal drug use.  It is also common to cut the drugs up and snort them through the nose or "shoot" them up with a needle.  These methods give the drugs greater effect.  Sometimes, a person is legally prescribed a pain medication through legal means and later they develop a prescription drug addiction after long-term use.  Unfortunately, many people who are addicted to prescription drugs came about their problems in an honest way.  I highly recommend drug treatment for anyone who is charged with prescription drug abuse or fraud.  Treatment can often serve as a silver lining to an otherwise bad situation and it shows the court that you are taking your drug addiction seriously.

Unfortunately, felony drug charges often result from prescription drug abuse and fraud.  Tennessee felony convictions carry heavy penalties, fines, and prison time.  Your penalties could increase if you have a prior drug record or the drug crime occurred near a school zone.  Also, you could face additional charges if you obtained drugs through the use of a forged physician signature.  As you can see, prescription drug laws in Tennessee are severe and should not be taken lightly.

If you are charged with a prescription drug crime in Tennessee, you need experienced drug crime representation.  Give Lee Martin at call at 615-345-1988.

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