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Authorities seek to reduce meth labs in Central Florida

Over the course of the past year Central Florida has seen an increase in the number of drug arrests tied to the creation and use of methamphetamine. The increase in arrests, particularly in Volusia County, is the result of an operation focused on the county to reduce the number of meth labs that are in existence.

Driver license suspension for Drug Charges

In Florida someone convicted of a drug charge can lose their license for a period of 2 years through the court and or DMHSV.   This is viewed as an harsh consequence by many in the legal justice system. The DHSMV can suspend your license even if the Judge does not order it as a part of a sentence.  

Prescription Drug Abuse is on the Rise

Abuse of prescription pain killers, like Oxycontin, is increasing across the country. According to the most recent survey from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 55 percent of the fatal drug overdoses in 2008 involved a prescription drug, not an illicit substance like cocaine or heroine. This percentage is higher than all illicit drugs combined.

Black Market in Prescription Drugs Targets Medicaid Recipients

A massive Medicaid fraud operation was recently discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI alleges over $100 million in expensive HIV medications and other drugs were sold in the black market. The drugs were supposedly obtained from Medicaid recipients in exchange for cash.

DEA Cracks Down on Synthetic Drug Use

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is stepping up efforts to stop the manufacture and sale of designer synthetic drugs across the nation. One complication faced by DEA officials is the ambiguity tied to the legality of these synthetic drugs. Legislation on this issue is constantly changing, leaving many citizens confused on whether the substances are legal or not.

Supreme Court Set to Make Landmark Decision

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will make a major decision that will affect many involved in the justice system for crack cocaine crimes. Previously, the laws guiding disciplinary actions for crack cocaine were vastly different than those in effect for possession of powder cocaine.

Prescription-Drug Trafficking Sentencing in Florida Has Drawbacks

A man intent on taking his life instead received a 15 years prison sentence. The man brought 31 painkillers and a bottle of Natural Life to Orlando's Cherry Tree Park. An officer caught him drinking the beer and then arrested him for illegal possession of pharmaceutical drugs.

Florida Doctor Arrested for Pain-Pill Trafficking

In July of this year, Florida police arrested Dr. Ataur Rahman and four others after a year-and-a-half long investigation into a suspected narcotics smuggling ring. Authorities allege that Rahman and his co-conspirators, all of whom were Rahman's patients or employees, were distributing prescription drugs such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Methadone and Alprazolam illegally throughout Florida and outside the state.

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