Rise in Prescription Drug Related Crimes Sparks Concern

Rise in Prescription Drug Related Crimes Sparks Concern

This past Saturday on May 17, an 18-year-old was arrested after attempting forced entry into a woman's home in Pinal County. The young man was on drugs at the time of his arrest. Cases like this are far too common. In Arizona, prescription drugs are extremely accessible, especially for teens and young adults. Our state has also decriminalized marijuana for medical use, making even Schedule I drugs accessible to the public.

Many counties have begun prescription drug take back programs where people can turn their unused or expired prescription drugs to the police department for disposal. Many children and young adults gain access to drugs in their own homes, so parents are taking action.

Law enforcement in our state is also cracking down on prescription drug abuse at the source by monitoring doctors. Police are on the lookout for things like prescription fraud, prescription sharing, and excessive prescriptions.

According to statistical data compiled by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner, the top ten drugs detected most often in accidental deaths are:

  1. Morphine
  2. Oxycodone
  3. Oxymorphone
  4. Alprazolam
  5. Codeine
  6. Amphetamine
  7. Hydromorphone
  8. Diazepam
  9. Oxazepam
  10. Temazepam

Prescription drugs such as these can be a factor in a number of different criminal offenses, such as the 18-year-old arrested last Saturday, and other offenses like drugged driving. In Arizona, it is against the law to drive under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs and an intoxicating liquor.

If you or someone you know was arrested for a drug or prescription drug related offense, you are innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to retain an attorney for legal counsel. Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today to learn how we could help you.


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