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Driving Under The Influence Of Prescription Drugs Is A Problem In Florida

Driving under the influence of prescription drugs is a major problem in Florida, according to Florida Law Enforcement Officials. Florida law enforcement officials have been cracking down on drivers suspected to be ‘impaired’ by prescription drugs. The DUI Law in Florida Florida law is very clear on the issue of prescription drug ‘impairment’ and operation of a motor vehicle. The law proscribes DUI guilt if someone is driving, or in actual physical control of a vehicle, while under the influence of a chemical substance set forth in FL Statute 877.111 or any of the controlled substances in chapter 893. Controlled substances listed under the 893 chapter of Florida law are drugs that are commonly known as street drugs: Heroin Cocaine Methamphetamines Marijuana Other similar ‘illegal’ drugs. But what about prescription drugs? The same… […]

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Involuntary Intoxication versus Voluntary Intoxication as a Defense in Florida

As a practicing criminal defense lawyer, clients who are charged with crimes walk into the office and many times tell me that they were “drunk” or “high” when they committed the crime. In Florida, under Fl. Stat. 775.051, voluntary intoxication resulting from the consumption, injection, or other use of alcohol or other controlled substance as described in chapter 893, is not a defense to any offense proscribed by law. Evidence of a defendant’s voluntary intoxication is not admissible to show that the defendant lacked the specific intent to commit an offense and is not admissible to show that the defendant was insane at the time of the offense, except when the consumption, injection, or use of a controlled substance under chapter 893 was pursuant to a lawful prescription issued to… […]

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Presciption Drug Crimes and Hydrocodone Trafficking in Florida

Presciption Drug Crimes and Hydrocodone Trafficking in Florida

The State of Florida is known as the Pill Mill Capital of the United States. People from all around Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and the entire East Coast corridor of the United States flock to Florida, quicker than the snow birds in January, to purchase and transport hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a very powerful prescription form of heroin. The street name for the drug is blues or oxies. The favorite milligram for the street level user is the blue 30 mg pill. The illegal user crushes the pill and snorts it, injects it, or smokes it for the immediate high that is associated with this powerful and very lucrative prescription drug. The street value of one hydrocodone fetches no less than $30.00 a pill. The amount of hydrocodone walking the… […]

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The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

The Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs

Due to their potential for abuse and addiction, many prescription drugs have been categorized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the same category as opium or cocaine. These include Ritalin and Dexedrine (stimulants), and the painkillers OxyContin, Demerol and Roxanol. Many illegal street drugs were at one time used or prescribed by doctors or psychiatrists but were later banned when the evidence of their harmful effects could no longer be ignored. Examples are heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. The high potency of some of the synthetic (man-made) drugs available as prescription drugs creates a high overdose risk. This is particularly true of OxyContin and similar painkillers, where overdose deaths more than doubled over… […]

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Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for possessing a controlled substance. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs and the Public Corruption Task Force arrested 45-year-old John Brindle on Friday on one count of possession of a controlled substance. A sheriff’s office statement says investigators received a tip that Brindle was purchasing oxycodone pills without a prescription in Oakland Park. Detectives conducted surveillance and later arrested him after he purchased the pills. He is currently suspended with pay pending prosecution by the State Attorney’s Office. Source, full story Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller belonging to the opiate family. As such, those taking the drug are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Doctors typically prescribe this medication for those… […]

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MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

Under the new rules of MLB (Major League Baseball), which were adopted in November of 2005, a player who is found to be positive for banned substances is banned 50 games. MLB may have another major drug scandal on the rise. A South Florida clinic (Balco East) had been under investigation and now comes word that the name of Alex Rodriguez is a ‘patient’ at the facility, along with other baseball players. New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has hired an attorney and is denying involvement after his name  — along with those of other baseball players such as Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez — appeared on lists obtained by Miami New Times from an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly dispensed performance-enhancing drugs. The names were on… […]

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Highest Concentration Of Pill Mills Are In Florida

Highest Concentration Of Pill Mills Are In Florida

After federal agents received a call on their tip line from a concerned pharmacist reporting suspicious prescriptions, federal agents went to work, eventually identifying 45 South Florida residents allegedly responsible for lining the streets with prescription pills and selling them for at least $20 a pop. Seventeen of those named in the indictment, which is being prosecuted by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office, were arrested Thursday throughout the county. In addition to the 17 arrests, DEA agents working with other law enforcement agencies, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, picked up one gun, about 2 pounds of cocaine and around $7,000 in cash. The “Drug Scam Operation” had been in the works for 18 months after a Boynton Beach pharmacist in August 2011 called the DEA’s “pill… […]

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MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

Under the new rules of MLB (Major League Baseball), which were adopted in November of 2005, a player who is found to be positive for banned substances is banned 50 games. MLB may have another major drug scandal on the rise. A South Florida clinic (Balco East) had been under investigation and now comes word that the name of Alex Rodriguez is a ‘patient’ at the facility, along with other baseball players. New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has hired an attorney and is denying involvement after his name  — along with those of other baseball players such as Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez — appeared on lists obtained by Miami New Times from an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly dispensed performance-enhancing drugs. The names were on… […]

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Obtaining A Controlled Substance By Fraud

It is an offense for a person to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by using some type of fraud. Fraud can be by forgery, deceit, or alteration of a prescription or of any written order, or by the concealment of a material fact, or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address. JUPITER — A 67-year-old Jupiter dentist is facing a list of drug charges after officers say he wrote fake prescriptions under his patients’ names but filled them at pharmacies for himself. Christopher Petterson faces drug trafficking and fraud charges. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to Petterson’s alleged scheme Dec. 13 when the office manager of a dental spa where he used to practice got a call from… […]

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Oxycodone Drug Trafficking Arrests in Palm Beach County

Oxycodone Drug Trafficking Arrests in Palm Beach County

The gang of alleged oxycodone peddlers chose places to do business that they thought wouldn’t attract the law: a barbecue restaurant in Boynton Beach, a gas station on Yamato Road, a glass shop in Boca Raton, even a Best Buy. Retail stores are a safe location to conduct drug transactions because “police do not gear their attention to that sort of activity,” one of the alleged drug dealers told an undercover officer, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s probable cause affidavit. But the alleged dealers apparently were wrong. The group of at least 12 were involved in the ring from 2010 to 2012 and have since been arrested on charges including racketeering and trafficking in oxycodone. Read full story Oxycodone Oxycodone is an opiate with some synthetic properties that… […]

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