Heroin Epidemic was Predictable and Preventable in 2015

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All across America, even here in affluent white Sarasota, heroin is cheap and available. Did you know that one of the leading causes of death of people under thirty five is drug overdose? In many States, drug overdose deaths exceed traffic and gun fatalities? Did you know that 80% of the people addicted to heroin were previously addicted to opiates like Oxycontin and Oxycodone? This epidemic started years ago when the drug manufacturers were pushing Oxycontin and Oxycodone. Thousands of people became addicted to the pills and as the pill mills flourished, heroin was not a big deal. When the law changed and the State wide data base was created for prescriptions, pills began to dry up. As the pills became more and more difficult to obtain, people switched to the cheaper and more readily alternative, heroin.
Now heroin overdose is a leading cause of death for young people. In both Sarasota and Bradenton, heroin arrests are up. Trafficking in heroin arrests continue to rise. The penalties for possession of heroin are harsh. It does not take much in terms of quantity to get charged with trafficking. An addict, buying or possessing a couple of days supply can easily get arrested for trafficking when is fact, they are a simple user.
As a criminal defense attorney handling drug crimes I understand addiction. What people need is help and treatment, not jail or prison. Addiction is an illness that causes crime. Most addicts eventually get charged with dealing in stolen property to support their habit. Many addicts get involved in burglaries, writing bad checks or stealing from relatives and employers, simply to support their addiction. Sadly, heroin addiction eventually leads to either prison or death. If a loved one has been arrested or a probation violation is in the works, I may be able to help. My goal is to help people and probation without treatment is a trap. Most addicts cannot make the tough choices and often it is up to relatives to help. If you have an addict in the family and want compassionate representation, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

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