Opioid addiction is unlike most other drug problems because users often begin their addictions on very innocent means and with the full support of a local doctor. The prescription is meant to dull a much more serious pain, but the drug offers such an enormouse relief that a desire for that feeling can be overwhelming, even if there is no pain to kill. Even for those who do not get addicted to these painkillers, there is a looming problem. Leftover pills. Some of the worst opioid addictions are the result of friends and family members who got access to pills that they were not prescribed. And according to one recent study, anywhere from 70% to 90% of opioid users acknowledge having unused pills that could, in theory, become problematic for themselves or others in the house.
In order to combat this problem, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been running drug drop off programs in which twice a year, anyone can return any pills for any reason without being grilled over the content or the rationale. The issue is that it is only twice a year. So local governments, including lawmakers in Tallahassee, are looking to expand this within their states, making a return of unused medicine as second nature as recycling bottles and cans.
Every little bit helps.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an opioid addiction, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.