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Can you be arrested for failing a drug test?

Drug testing has become much more commonplace both in Wheeling and throughout the rest of the country. Public and private employers alike may use during the candidate screening process. Amateur and professional sporting and activity associations may rely on it to determine participant eligibility. If you are on parole or probation, you could be required to submit to it as condition of your release. No matter the circumstances requiring you to be drug tested, you may share the same question that many others have: can you be arrested for failing such a test? 

Defining drugs in West Virginia

A drug arrest and/or conviction can bring with it several unintended consequences. On top of whatever criminal penalties you may end up facing, your reputation can also be severely damaged. Thus, we here at the Scott C. Brown Law Office are diligent in sitting down with clients to review whatever charges they may be facing to ensure that they are even warranted. Some might question how you can challenge the validity of drug charges (you either had them or you did not), yet in many cases, it may not be that simple. 

State has not relaxed stance on pot

As states across the U.S. decriminalize first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana, and West Virginia itself giving its use the green light for medicinal purposes, it would be easy to think that the state is OK with marijuana. But that is not the case, not yet, for West Virginians.

The benefits of drug diversion programs

Drug charges in West Virginia can come with various repercussions: costly fines, possible jail time and, not to mention, months of mental and emotional hardship. Many might assume that all drug arrests are justified, but the truth of the matter is that countless individuals face time behind bars all because of a small drug offense. Recent news shows, however, a possible turning of events that could lead to a brighter future for those dealing with the aftereffects of an arrest. 

Methamphetamine and a new danger

While America continues to grapple with the opioid crisis, another drug has continued to sweep across West Virginia: methamphetamine. Meth has remained popular through the vehicle of various criminal drug groups, as well as independent providers across the state. Even as West Virginia battles its own opioid epidemic, it also struggles to manage meth-related overdoses and meth lab problems statewide.

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.

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