When you're addicted to a drug, the last thing you're thinking about is how you could be affected if you are caught. Most people who are struggling with addiction are focused on feeling better and surviving the day.
This became a particularly significant issue when opioids were overprescribed over the last decade. Now, there are many people who struggle with opioid dependency, which can lead to further drug use (and illicit drug use) when they can no longer get the opioid medications.
One good thing about today's society is that people are more aware of dependency, addiction and how the two affect people. It wasn't fair that people were given these hard-hitting pain medications only to later find out that they were addictive. On top of that, there are now restrictions in place, so they're harder to get than ever before.
Should you be penalized if you're struggling with addiction and face drug charges?
An addiction can lead people to do things they wouldn't normally do, like stealing to get money for drugs or breaking into a pharmacy to try to get the medications they want. While there have to be penalties for those who break the law, it's equally as important to look into alternative sentences through drug courts, such as ordering drug addiction treatment for these individuals.
If you're struggling with drug abuse and are arrested, your attorney will work closely with you to try to find a positive resolution to the situation. Whether you need addiction treatment or are hoping for a case that is dismissed or has reduced charges, your attorney will look into the options available to you.