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Many opioid addicts were introduced to drugs via prescriptions

There was a time when society had a very different view of drug abuse. Once, the prevailing attitude was that those who suffered from addiction were in some way morally flawed. But over the years, society has started to look at addicts as people who are dealing with a problem that is beyond their control.

One of the reasons that there has been this societal shift is because people are waking up to the fact that addiction crosses all socioeconomic lines and anyone can be a victim. And a major contributor to our county's drug problem is prescription opioids.

According to a recent study, one-third of individuals survey who had taken prescription opioids for two months or longer became addicted or developed a dependency. The vast majority of those people reported that their introduction to the drugs came via a doctor's prescription.

Moreover, 60 percent said that their doctors gave them no guidance on when or how to quit using the drugs. Twenty percent said that the doctors failed to properly inform them about the risks and side effects presented by the drugs. As such, it is easy to see why there has been such a surge in illicit opioid use.

So truly, almost anyone who is prescribed an opioid for pain management could eventually become addicted. And if your addiction to painkillers has led to being charged with possession of illegal drugs, you need help and not incarceration. As such, it is imperative that you have an attorney who can build a defense that demonstrates that you could benefit far more from care and treatment rather than a prison sentence.

Source: The Washington Post, "One-third of long-term users say they?re hooked on prescription opioids," Scott Clement, Lenny Bernstein Dec. 9, 2016

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