As the opioid abuse epidemic sweeps the nation, it appears that Tennessee has been more impacted than other areas. With a staggering average of 1.18 prescriptions per person in Tennessee and at least 1,263 opioid overdoses in 2014, there is no denying the danger these prescription drugs pose. Research indicates that more adults now use prescription painkillers than tobacco products.
About Opioid Prescriptions and Abuse
When the push to help ease patients’ pain began, more and more doctors found themselves prescribing opioids and pain killers. Unfortunately, opioids are highly addictive, and as prescriptions were signed, many patients became hooked on medication, springing the epidemic into motion.
Kinds of opioids that were being prescribed include:
Mild Opioids –
Major Opioids –
Even though many government and healthcare specialists are trying to fight the mess that was made, numerous individuals are left to deal with the effects of their opioid addictions. Out of the estimated 2.2 million people in America addicted to prescription painkillers, only about half have access to treatment.
So what does this mean for opioid users?
Driving Under the Influence of Opioids
Since Tennessee is the second highest ranked state in per capita opioid prescriptions, no doubt this issue is hot on law enforcement’s radar. If you are pulled over by an officer, it is possible that he or she might arrest you for DUI based on the list of drugs you have been prescribed to by a doctor. DUI with drugs is an incredibly serious charge and can impact your life if convicted.
It seems rather unfair that receiving a prescription from a doctor could result in your arrest. At Collins Legal, our Nashville DUI attorneys have represented clients that have been victims of the crackdown on the opioid epidemic. If you or your loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs, contact our criminal defense firm as soon as soon as you are able.
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