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Why the holidays contribute to substance abuse

While the holiday season brings some joyful moments, it can also be difficult. If someone struggles with a substance abuse problem, the holidays can exacerbate it. Cities across America are seeing a spike in drug overdoses due to the stress of the holiday season. 

The holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. Here is some insight into why the holidays can cause an increase in drug or alcohol abuse.

How to help someone who suffers from an addiction to heroin

If someone you know is struggling with a heroin addiction, you may have no idea what to do. You may feel a combination of sadness, disappointment and helplessness. It can be difficult to know how to help a heroin addict, even if it is a close friend or family member. 

Heroin is a powerfully addictive substance that can have severe health and legal consequences for your loved one. Here are some tips on how to assist someone you care about through this battle. 

Is drug court an option for you?

As someone who is currently facing a Florida drug charge, you may see a broad range of consequences, if convicted. Jail time, fines and mandatory substance abuse treatment are just a few of the penalties you could potentially face, but in some cases, you may be able to avoid at least some of these penalties by enrolling in a Florida drug court.

Just what is drug court, and how can it help you kick your addiction and rebuild your life?

Can a drug conviction make you ineligible for financial aid?

While receiving any type of drug conviction is never a good thing, receiving one while you are currently also receiving federal financial aid can have even more serious repercussions. Why? Many convictions for drug and other crimes can bring with them collateral consequences, which are, essentially, penalties you may face due to your actions that are civil rather than criminal in nature.

In fact, if you are a college student who is receiving financial aid and a judge or jury finds you guilty of a drug-related crime, you can anticipate having to forfeit your financial aid for a set period of time.

Florida police suspect drug trafficking after traffic stop

Florida police arrest numerous people every year on suspicion of drug trafficking. Trafficking drugs of any kind, including cocaine, marijuana or heroin, is a serious offense that requires a serious defense. 

Recently, state police have come to believe a larger drug trafficking operation may be afoot after what appeared to be a regular traffic stop. In August of this year, the police pulled over a 21-year-old man. The stop took a turn when police discovered other items in the vehicle that suggested the man took part in trafficking, although it is unclear if the man operated independently or worked within a larger group. 

Punishment for possession of molly in Florida

In modern pop culture, Molly has the designation of a party drug. It has come up numerous times in television shows such as Workaholics, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Californication. While the portrayal often makes it seem harmless and the user will simply enter a euphoric state for a short amount of time, it can be dangerous. That is why there are severe punishments in Florida for anyone caught in possession of Molly

The reason why Molly generates hallucinations is due to the fact it causes a chemical reaction in the brain. Dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine interact in a specific manner to make users believe objects are there that are not actually present. Although people are prone to taking it at music festivals, it can carry significant consequences that can last with people for the rest of their lives. 

Former doctor receives sentence in drug trafficking charge

Drug trafficking is a serious criminal offense that can reach the federal level depending on the drugs possessed. A trafficking conviction can result in anywhere from three years to life in prison. 

One of the most significant convictions in recent memory occurred with a former Florida doctor, Barry Schultz. In July 2018, he received a conviction of 157 years in prison for trafficking illegal drugs. This comes on the heels of a previous conviction where he was found guilty of being responsible for one of his patients dying due to a drug overdose. 

Be careful about storing your prescription pills

If you are like many people, your life is messy sometimes. For example, maybe you take three types of prescription medications in addition to vitamins and supplements. To save space and to ensure you remember to take everything, you put the pills together in pillboxes labeled by day of the week.

However, you can get in legal trouble for storing prescription pills outside of their original containers. While it seems unlikely that police officers will come into your home and arrest you for this offense, it may surprise you to learn other ways that prescription pills can get you into trouble.

3 dangers of using and abusing heroin

There are many reasons that people use drugs, and two of the most common culprits are the opioid epidemic and addiction. Both of these factors have contributed to a resurgence in the popularity of heroin use—but this is one of the most dangerous drugs. 

Why exactly is heroin so dangerous, and what can happen from using it? There are a few answers to these questions, but ultimately, the following three are the primary reasons you should be concerned if you or somebody you love has become involved in heroin. Do not underestimate the destructive power of this or any other drug.

3 types of drug crimes and their meanings

Drugs are known to be a danger to public health, but unfortunately, there are still countless people manufacturing, selling and using narcotics. Whether you were caught with an ounce of marijuana or accused of involvement with a drug ring, you should know what kinds of charges might result and how to handle the situation. A conviction will disrupt your entire life, and you need to understand your case.

The following are three types of drug-related crimes and what you should know if you have been charged with them. Consulting with a legal representative is wise if you are facing criminal charges of any kind, but it is particularly prudent in cases involving drugs where the stakes may be high.

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