A drug or other substance that is controlled by the government and federal law because it might be abused or cause addiction is a controlled substance. The government controls how substances are made, for what application, and how they are handled, stored, and distributed.
Controlled substances include opioids, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin, LSD, and anabolic steroids. A licensed medical professional may only prescribe certain substances for medical use and pain management, including morphine, Valium, and Ritalin.
There are five schedules of controlled substances known as schedules I, II, III, IV, and V. The schedules determine the abuse potential of the illegal substances.
Nearly 75 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2020 stemmed from opioid use. Imagine selling a person an opioid to find out they overdosed and died. Not only will this result in possible jail time, but it’s also something you must live with for the rest of your life.
Marijuana is another controlled substance. It is illegal to use it recreationally, though it’s legal to use marijuana for medical purposes such as pain management when prescribed by a licensed Ohio medical professional.
The possession or distribution of controlled substances can lead to serious drug crime convictions. Get the legal representation you need after an arrest or drug offense charge and book a free consultation with Ernst & Associates, LLC and our criminal defense attorneys.
Possession of prescription drugs is a common offense in Ohio. It’s an epidemic all its own, as the number one cause of crime in Ohio is opioid addiction. According to sources, an estimated 200,000 people in Ohio suffer from addiction, nearly double the national average. Our state has the highest rates of overdose deaths in the industry.
Common examples of prescription drugs many individuals get caught in the Cincinnati area include Vicodin, Morphine, Percocet, OxyContin, Xanax, Valium, Clonazepam, Hydrocodone, Ativan, Oxycodone, and Lortab.
The state must ensure dangerous prescription drugs stay out of the hands and homes of the wrong people as they can cause severe adverse reactions. These adverse reactions can lead to harmful events, and some may be life-threatening.
It’s best to avoid handling anyone else’s prescription drugs or dealing with them, as your life is on the line if someone gets hurt.
In Ohio, you can be charged with possession if caught with a prescription drug that is not yours. The severity of charges depends on the drug’s addictiveness and how much was in your control at the time of the arrest. A previous conviction on drug charges will also result in a more severe charge order.
We can help you fight the charges against you, whether your first offense or third. By putting our experience and knowledge to work for you, we will fight to reduce the costs or possibly get the drug charges dropped altogether. Contact our law firm to discuss your charges.