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Illegal Drug Distribution and The War Against Drug Use

Who is On Our Side in the War on Drugs? drug use lighthouse recovery institute

You would really think that everyone in the healthcare industry was as concerned as most of us are about curbing drug use in the U.S. and helping the people affected by addiction. We’re supposedly fighting this war on drugs, but are we fighting a losing battle? With instances of oxycodone manufacturers knowingly supplying a drug ring with pills, and Florida pill mills popping up, it’s hard to tell who the good guys are anymore.

An NY Times investigation revealed recently that Purdue Pharma was aware that they were supplying Oxycontin to illegal distributors and still continued to do so for a number of years. In Los Angeles, a business posing as a medical clinic was distributing massive amounts of the drug and fraudulently billing them to insurance programs. The oxycontin pills were then sold to known criminal organizations and gangs for distribution on the street.

In Florida, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had to put a two-year suspension on Cardinal Health for turning a blind eye to massive amounts of unaccounted-for shipments of opiates like oxycontin from its own warehouse.

In both of these cases, we have major, big-time players in the healthcare industry not only playing a role in drug distribution but contributing to it. In the meantime, opioid use in the U.S. is at an all-time high and people are dying of drug overdose more than ever.

Drug Use is a Huge Problem in America

The opioid epidemic in America is still on the rise, and 9 times out of 10 these kinds of addictions begin with doctors. People go in for routine procedures, walk out with a script for an opiate, and begin to abuse the drug. Fast forward down a slippery downward spiral that only has a few stops along the way, including jail, debt, and failure, leading all the way to the final stop, death. Some people are lucky enough to receive treatment for their addiction, but way too many addicts sDrug use in the UStill do not get the help they need.

Facts About Opiate Use in the US

  • 1.9 million people report having a substance abuse disorder involving prescription pain pills, vs. only 586,000 that have a substance use issue with heroin.
  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
  • 47,055 lethal drug overdoses occurred in 2014, which is the last recorded year. Of these deaths, 18,893 ODs resulted from prescription pain pills. That’s 40%!
  • 4 out of 5 heroin users started their habit with an addiction to prescription painkillers.
  • Heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled from 2000 to 2013.
  • In 2012, 259 million scripts were written for opioids. This would be enough to give each American their own bottle of pills.

 

With facts like these, it’s clear that something needs to be done about opiate use. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to be in the business for the money, and turning a blind eye to who they may be selling drugs to, and consequently who they are killing off. This fight may mean nothing to them, but to the families and loved ones affected by drug use, a change would mean the world.

A Wrongful Field Drug Test Could Ruin Your Life

A Field Drug Test Gone Wrong field drug test lighthouse

A field drug test is something that cops keep on them to test substances found in people’s vehicles or in their possession. A crumb found on the floor in your car, or powder in your pocket – any of that can be tested with a quick dip into one of these kits. On more than one occasion, these tests have gone wrong – indicating an illegal substance when none was present. This simple mistake has ruined lives.

In Amy Albritton’s case, she was on the road in Houston with her boyfriend at the time when they were pulled over by the cops. The officers suspected that drugs were in the car, and tested a white crumb on her floor. The field test indicated that the crumb was crack cocaine. Because the car belonged to Albritton, she ended up being charged as a felon.

False Positive Field Drug Test Means a Felony Charge

Albritton spent 21 days in jail, lost her job, and lost her apartment. It took years for her to rebuild her life, all with a felony conviction hanging over her head. She was turned away from job opportunities and places to live, all because of her record. She never disputed tfield drug test he cops because she thought the chemical evidence was there, in the test, and she also hadn’t known her boyfriend for very long at the time. She thought maybe he had something to do with the drugs in the car.

Years later, in 2014, Albritton got a letter in the mail telling her she was wrongfully convicted. They had re-tested her sample and it was negative – likely just a piece of food or lint that had made its way onto the floor of her car. In that district attorney’s office alone, 251 cases of incorrect evidence were found between 2004 and 2015 – all people who were named guilty but were actually innocent.

Wrongful Field Drug Tests Are Not Unusual

There are so many cases like hers that deserve more attention. Being labeled a felon has serious consequences that can affect a person’s work life, where they live, and how they are viewed by society. Additionally, it isn’t easy to reverse a wrongful felony conviction. Even after it is overturned, the reversal needs to be finalized by a trial court. And then, once the charge is cleared, in today’s digital world, the felony is shared with hundreds – if not thousands – of websites.

It’s an ordeal to get rid of, but better to finally prove your innocence than spending the rest of your life with the wrongful charge hanging over your head.

 

Fake Xanax “Super Pill” is Super Scary

Super Pill is a Huge Threat

A pill is being sold on the street that looks exactly like Xanax – the only difference is that just one of these pills is enough to kill a person in minutes. This drug, which has become known as the “Super Pill” and has the police and parents alike on high alert, contains lethal doses of Fentanyl, a pain medication. The Super Pill is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is a highly addictive painkiller that is most commonly prescribed to cancer patients.

Police Warn Against Purchasing Street Drugs

Super Pill ThreatDeath in a tablet, spring break nightmare, these are just a few of the nicknames given to this new pill, which looks so much like Xanax that even authorities are having trouble telling the difference. For a person who purchases the counterfeit pill on the street, there is no way to tell.

According to police, the pill has been found in 21 states and is responsible for 9 deaths in Pinellas County, Florida this year. The deadly pill looks almost identical to the real pharmaceutical and even has the brand name Xanax stamped on it, making it even more difficult to discern real from fake.

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Authorities Search for Distributor

Where are these deadly pills coming from? This is the question that has authorities stumped and desperately looking for answers. They warn that people should immediately stop purchasing drugs on the street because their lives are at risk. This isn’t a situation where a person has to take a large amount and overdose – only one pill can kill a grown up almost instantly.

Police are trying to figure out if this is a case of a “bad batch” or if someone is intentionally putting these pills on the market with an intent to murder. Either way, the spike in deaths is alarming and the threat is out there to anyone purchasing drugs on the street.

It is illegal in the state of Florida to be in possession of Xanax pills without a prescription, with a hefty penalty of up to five years in jail. Despite this, the drug is commonly bought in the streets for as little as $3 to $5 a pill. Florida seems to be the hardest hit by the Super Pill, which sells on the street for about $5. Recently, the state has been battling a rise in overdose on Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana. Now, authorities are turning their attention to this new pill.

Undercover police and investigators have made a few arrests of people selling the pill, but still do not know who the main distributor is. Until the source is found, it is very important to the public to be educated and stay away from purchasing drugs on the street.

 

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