Jeffrey E. Johnston

Prescription drugs account for large number of Georgia arrests

When people think of drug charges, many people assume illegal drugs like marijuana. However, many possession of drug charges deal with prescription drugs that were legally issued by a medical professional. In Georgia, prescription drugs are involved in many substance seizures by law enforcement.

There are many ways people can abuse prescription drugs. Selling or redistributing prescription drugs and even being in possession of a prescription that does not have your legal name on it can all be cause for arrest.

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Statistics from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed prescription drugs are a major cause for arrest and seizures by all agencies in the state of Georgia. A few of the most common drugs confiscated during arrest in 2018 were methamphetamine, cocaine, alprazolam, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation works with state patrol and local law enforcement to seize illegally used prescription drugs through traffic stops and other methods. According to the GBI, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb and Chatham counties have the highest recorded use of opioids in the state of Georgia.

What should you do?

If you or someone you love has been arrested in connection with prescription drugs, in regard to personal use or other suspicion there are steps you can take to defend yourself. If you face a criminal case, you should contact an attorney who can best help you examine your options.

There are two main categories of drug possession that you can be charged with: simple possession and possession with intent to distribute, with the latter suffering harsher consequences after conviction. A prosecutor must provide proof of possession in these cases which includes determining the defendant knew the drug was a controlled substance and that they knowingly had possession of it.

If you or someone you care about is charged with possession, an experienced attorney can help you determine what to do next. There are possible defenses for possession charges that an attorney can help you figure out.

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