What Are the Most Common Drugs Known to Be in the Area?
Interviewer: So what have you seen are the top drugs that come through that area that are responsible for most of the abuse?
Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Is Linked
Adam: Number one is probably going to be heroin, which usually is linked to abuse of some type of either OxyContin or Percocet or some other pain killer type drug or narcotic.
Interviewer: The people taking the pills are reprocessing them, or just, instead of those pills, is it because they have heroin in them?
Adam: Well, it’s cheaper to get heroin. You get probably 3x as heroin as you would for paying for the pills. However, people continue to abuse the pills and it’s a natural transition to get a cheaper high.
Oxycodone and OxyContin Are Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
Interviewer: That makes sense. So heroin is the most common but out of the pills, what are the most common? You mentioned, ‘Oxycodone or OxyContin.’
Adam: Oxycodone or OxyContin are probably the two number one prescription pills as well as some abuse of Vicodin or Percocet, but the two major would be either OxyContin, or Oxycodone.
What is a Common Charge for Abuse of Prescription Medication?
Interviewer: Are most of the arrests for these prescription pills for simple possession without a prescription, or is it for dealing?
Even Possession of One Pill Without a Prescription Can Lead to An Arrest
Adam: It’s a combination. Probably the most common, though, obviously is possession. Technically, possession of even one pill is enough to be in violation of the law. I’ve seen people complain, but they don’t have the prescription for the drug, and it is a controlled substance. So technically, they have violated the law even with one pill.
Interviewer: So if you don’t have a prescription, even if you have one pill in your pocket or the police find one pill on your person or in your immediate vicinity, what is the crime? Is it a misdemeanor or a felon?
Adam: It’s going to be possession, and it’s going to depend on the type of drug whether it’s a schedule 1, schedule 2, or schedule 3. And then how many of them do you have? If it just a single pill, it’s probably going to be a misdemeanor, but it’s still going to depend on what the actual pill is.
By Adam Hunt