When an individual seeks medical care for painful symptoms, a doctor seeks to not only treat the adverse symptoms, but also determine and treat any underlying health conditions that may be ultimately contributing to such symptoms. This approach makes sense and failure to address a health problem in this manner would likely result in a lawsuit. However, society often takes a very different approach when it comes to the adverse side effects that may result when an individual suffers from an alcohol or drug addiction.
Believe it or not but drug overdoses are the No. 1 accidental killer of Americans between the ages of 25 and 64. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38,329 people in the U.S. died as a result of drug overdoses in 2010 alone.
When Minnesota lawmakers head back to the capital later this month, they will be met with a bill calling for tougher laws and penalties surrounding the manufacturing and selling of so-called synthetic drugs. Many Minneapolis residents have likely heard about some of the more popular forms of synthetic drugs which are often marketed to consumers under names such as K2, Spice and Bath Salts.
Drug addiction knows no boundaries. It does not take age, race or economic standing into consideration. Rather, it can turn a law abiding Minnesotan into a law breaking drug user who places getting a fix above friends, family and worldly possessions.
Prosecutors in Minnesota are really cracking down on those who use and deal heroin. The idea is to punish those in charge of supplying the highly addictive drug that is leading to overdose deaths throughout the state.
Drug charges related to the sale or production of methamphetamine in Minnesota are taken very seriously. Quite often, these types of charges can result in serious consequences, including time in prison.
Right now the U.S. prisons are greatly overpopulated. Part of this reason is due to the fact that many nonviolent drug offenders, with no extensive criminal histories are sentenced to serve long prison terms.
Minneapolis has yet to pass laws that legalize marijuana. Even putting the controlled substance into one's hands could leave an individual on the wrong end of law enforcement and facing possession charges. In undercover situations, an officer may act as one end of a drug transaction in order to catch a suspect in the act.
Authorities believe the abuse of prescription painkillers has led to the increase in heroin use. This is due to the fact that heroin is cheaper and more readily available to get than painkillers.
While some business owners may think there is nothing dangerous about selling synthetic marijuana -- since it is not real marijuana -- those owners should think twice as it is illegal in Minnesota and officials are cracking down.