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West virginia's current outlook on the opioid crisis

America's opioid crisis is, unfortunately, nowhere near its bitter end. Yet as the rest of the nation struggles to address this ongoing drug problem, West Virginia has been hit the most critically. Recent reports even reveal that prescription drugs continued to enter the state until 2015. What is the current outlook of this crippling issue, and might West Virginia receive its long overdue break from the epidemic that affects thousands of lives each year? 

The truth behind america's drug diversion programs

For those on the outside looking in, it can be easy to form stereotypes about individuals struggling with drug problems. Today's current opioid epidemic has, however, revealed the shocking reality that countless Americans suffer from addictions -- no matter the age, gender, profession or location. West Virginia is no exception to this crisis, and in fact is home to one of the areas suffering from heroin addictions the most. 

Could medical marijuana be the answer to opioid addiction?

As most West Virginian residents are aware, the opioid crisis has only worsened in recent years. The epidemic has taken a significant toll on the eastern side of the United States, with West Virginia reporting some of the highest numbers of overdoses. While federal officials continue to grapple with this situation, many are turning to medical marijuana as an answer.

What is drug court?

As someone facing drug charges in West Virginia, Scott C. Brown Law Office can help guide you through the different legal options that are available to you. For example, going to drug court might be worth looking into. But what is drug court, exactly?

Navigating the law after a cocaine charge

With prescription drugs and marijuana taking the front seat in regards to drug concerns in the country, cocaine is nevertheless a prominent matter. West Virginia is not exempt from this concern -- in fact, it is among one of the states with the highest number of drug-related problems. Despite other drugs having moved under the spotlight in recent years, individuals have a right to protect themselves when caught possessing or manufacturing cocaine in any amount. There are always other sides to a story. Drug possession and manufacturing penalties can bring years of damaged personal reputations, struggle with professions and compromised wellbeing.

Man dies from suspected overdose; two may be charged

Many West Virginia residents may well have heard how the President of the United States recently indicated that what some refer to as an opioid problem is actually now a public health emergency. The number of people who have become addicted to these medications has increased over the years and many of these people have even died as a result of their addictions. In some areas the people who are said to have provided the drugs to a person could potentially be charged as criminals in these cases.

Three brothers arrested for giving out meth-laced gummy bears

Many in Wheeling may often wonder why it seems when kids and teens are involved in what turns out to be very serious incidents why so often they are perceived to be treated with leniency. Some may think that is their bad behavior in any way mirrors that of an adult, they should be treated the same way. While some of their concerns may be well-founded, it should also be remembered the youths often do not fully appreciate the harm that their actions may cause, and that with the benefit of better judgment, they might choose to avoid acting up altogether. 

Medical marijuana and the opioid crisis

In the last few years, the problem of prescription drugs has taken primary focus in the nation -- and with good reason, as the epidemic has affected thousands. Yet a less-reported topic, especially in the state of West Virginia, is that of marijuana laws. The nation has seen a major shift in attitudes towards the drug, but West Virginia has yet to fully legalize recreational use. While there are a number of researched medical benefits of marijuana, many locals are voicing that the drug could be one solution to the opioid epidemic itself. 

What are West Virginia's drug schedules?

Like most in Ohio County, you likely understand that to be caught allegedly possessing any type of drugs can be a serious offense. Yet just as is the case with controlled substances, not all drug offenses are created equal. The state has broken the different classifications of drugs down into schedules. The details of these drug schedules can be found in Article 2 of the West Virginia's Uniform Controlled Substances Act

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