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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse: How Xanax, Oxycodone, and Percocet Can Change Your Life Forever

Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic all across the country. Every week you can flip on the television or open a newspaper and find new stories of arrests and convictions related to prescription drug crime. According to NY Senator Kemp Hannon, over the last year over 22 million prescriptions for painkillers were written in New York, yet only about 19.5 million people actually live in the state. In fact, prescription drug abuse has reached such high levels that Mayor Bloomberg of New York launched a Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force in an attempt to stop the use of these dangerous drugs in NYC. New York and New Jersey law enforcement agencies take prescription drug abuse crimes extremely seriously and are vested in prosecuting these cases to the fullest extent the law allows.

This is why if you or a loved one has been charged with a prescription drug related offense, it is extremely important that you take these charges seriously and hire an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. The crackdown on prescription drugs means that being charged with one of these offenses without an attorney to defend you could easily result in you becoming a felon. Furthermore, according to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, 48 million people, or nearly 20% of Americans, have admitted to abusing prescription drugs. Without a lawyer who will fight for you at trial, your case can be lost in the shuffle, branding you with not only a felony on your record for life but possible incarceration.

In these types of cases, a seasoned litigator such will need to carefully examine the evidence and details of the case. In my experience, the potential sentence a client is facing can be reduced, sometimes even dramatically, with proper legal representation. Sometimes alternative sentencing is available, such as drug counseling programs instead of prison time.

The result of a case like this can change the course of your life forever. This is not the time to go it alone. The clients of our firm have a guarantee of solid work and personalized attention from an attorney who has handled similar cases dozens of times before. If you are facing prescription drug abuse charges and need help, call our office today at 718-317-5007.

- Kevin McKernan

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