Sam Masters Legal, a Volusia County Prescription Drug Abuse Attorney Can Assist You in Any Aspect of a Prescription Drug Abuse Case
Sam N. Masters, the founder of Sam Masters Legal, is experienced in Florida law dealing with Prescription Drug Abuse. His over 35 years of experience makes Sam Masters Legal the perfect choice to help you.
Prescription Drug Abuse: A National and Florida Problem
Prescription drug abuse has become both a national and Florida problem. In 2010, Florida’s drug czar Bruce Grant was quoted as saying the prescription drug epidemic was the single greatest challenge to the state’s public health and safety. Since it was initiated in September of 2011, millions of prescription records have been entered in the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. It has been touted as one of the best ways for law enforcement to find Doctor-shoppers and physicians who over prescribed medications.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Include:
- Sleep Medications
- Opioids and Morphine Derivatives
- Fentanyl & Analogs
- Other Opioids Pain Relievers
- Oxycodone HCL
- And Others
- Other Compounds
These prescription drugs have varying intoxication affects and all have potential health consequences resulting from abuse. Health problems range from addiction, lowered blood pressure, lowered pulse rate, slow breathing, respiratory distress, withdrawal, irritability, paranoia, hallucinations, aggressiveness, unconsciousness, coma and death.
Florida Prescription Drug Abuse Crimes and Penalties
Prescription drug abuse falls on the Chapter 893 (Drug Abuse Prevention and Control) of the Florida Statutes. Except as specifically authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful to sell, manufacture, deliver, possess with intent to sell a controlled substance. Depending upon the substance involved and other factors, charges could be a felony of the first, second or third degree. The minimal charge is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Punishment may include imprisonment from one to 30 years.
Florida Law Concerning Property Seizure and Confiscation in Drug Abuse Cases
Under Florida statutes all controlled substances and listed chemicals (Contraband) are subject to seizure and confiscation. And in addition, any vessel, vehicle, aircraft, or drug paraphernalia which is used in violation may be seized and forfeited as provided by the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. This act includes real property, money, negotiable instruments, securities and other things of value.