Sometimes the most dangerous drug comes from your medicine cabinet.
Abby got in the passenger seat and buckled herself in. Her friend Beth buckled in behind the wheel.
“Are you sure you can drive?” Abby asked.
Turning the keys Beth slurred, “I’m-I’m fine. I can totally drive. We’re just going a few blocks over, girl.”
“Well, she has acted like this before and drove okay. Maybe she’ll be alright,” Abby thought to herself.
As the pair made their way down the street, Beth started to swerve between the lanes. Then Beth side-swiped two parked cars and continued driving. When she was finally able to stop the vehicle, one wheel was on the curb of a public park and pointed at a lemonade stand.
A passerby dialed 9-1-1 and soon the cops swarmed the scared teens with questions:
“Why did you let your friend drive when she’s obviously under the influence?”
“Have you driven like this before?”
“Did you know about the pills in your friend’s purse?”
The pills in question were Fiorinal with Codeine. Abby had no idea how her friend got them. As the police continued to question them, she wondered what would happen next.
She worried about her future. A drug possession charge could destroy her plans for college and a future career. She was panicking.
Did You Know?
On February 11, Time.com reported that the OxyContin maker Purdue will cut its marketing in half. Until all opioid manufacturers do the same, the fictional situation described above is a real possibility for the 15 million Americans who abuse prescription drugs.
Worse still, 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are safer to try than illicit drugs. 70% of those teens (like Beth) will take those drugs right out of their own family medicine cabinet.
Driving on certain medications can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.
Automobile crashes caused by impaired driving due to prescription/OTC medication is on the rise, unfortunately. Experts say that prescriptions for drugs that have heavy impact on attention, sleep, and behavior are “rampant” nowadays, putting people in danger on the road.
A cyclist in Miller Place, New York, was killed by a driver who had taken a number of prescription medications and who exhibited all the typical signs of intoxication when she was interviewed by investigators: an inability to keep her eyes open as well as slow and slurred speech, even though she had not touched any alcohol before driving.
The woman was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs. The Times quoted law enforcement officials as saying that the latter charge is becoming more and more common, even though there is currently no accepted standard on what level of drugs in a person’s system will impair driving (unlike alcohol, where there is a well-defined limit, and marijuana, where the limit is being tested).
It’s also important to note that prescription drugs affect people differently depending on size, gender, body type, and other factors.
It’s Not as Safe as You Think: Drugs That Can Impair Driving
When people think of “driving while impaired,” the first drugs that come to mind are the heavy hitters, like codeine. But it’s more than those that can impair driving ability. Even some OTC (over-the-counter drugs) can be detrimental to drivers. Examples include:
- Antidepressants: Some sedating antidepressants cause impairment similar to drunk driving.
- Valium: 10 mg of the popular tranquilizer can cause impairment similar to having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent.
- Antihistamines: Many of them slow reaction time and impair coordination.
- Decongestants: Many over-the-counter decongestants can cause drowsiness, anxiety and dizziness.
- Sleeping Pills: Even in the morning, the residual effects of these drugs can impair drivers.
- Hydrocodone: This common pain reliever, the main component of Vicodin, is similar to opiates and causes impairment similar to morphine and codeine.
You Need an Experienced Drug Possession Lawyer to Save Your Future
It’s a mistake that could have life-long consequences.
The minimum punishment for Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) is 180 days in jail, fines of up to $2,000, or possibly both.
The maximum is anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Without the help of an experience drug possession lawyer like David Hunter, your adult life could be over before it even begins.
Why the David Hunter Law Firm is one of the Best
David Hunter is a former Fort Bend County Court judge with over 20+ years of legal experience. He’s seen cases from both sides of the bench and knows what to expect.
No lawyer can guarantee a perfect outcome, but Hunter can guarantee he’ll thoroughly vet your case to ensure all the evidence was collected lawfully and ethically. He’ll guide you through the entire process while taking the time to listen to your worries and concerns. David Hunter is your legal confidante whose only job is to advocate for your rights.
Fort Bend County Drug Court
If this is your first offense and you want to beat your drug addiction, drug possession lawyer David Hunter is here to help.
Together with the Fort Bend County Drug Court, David Hunter can reduce your sentence and get you the counseling you need.
The path to recovery is long, but it is marked with the footsteps of addicts like yourself who want to change. Don’t give up; David Hunter is a drug possession lawyer you can count on to help you through every step of the way.
Get a Second Chance with Drug Possession Lawyer David Hunter at Your Side
No one likes filling out applications. Whether it be for a new job, an apartment, or home loan, the criminal history question is often a stressful one. Thankfully, David Hunter can help by giving you a clean slate. Depending on your case, he may be able to expunge your criminal record like it never happened.
Do you have a question concerning drug possession? Don’t hesitate. Call (281) 265-1515 to schedule your completely free and confidential consultation today!
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