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The link between prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction

Prescription drugs and heroin conjure up wildly different connotations. One you can obtain in the safety of your doctor’s office while the other you must secretly seek in unsavory locations. It might surprise you, then, that there is a potential link between the use and abuse of these two drugs. Indeed, people who abuse prescription pain medication may be more vulnerable to heroin addiction, too.

Breathalyzer test for marijuana on the horizon

Most Wisconsin drivers know that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Even though the laws are understood, it is not always easy for authorities to tell whether a person is under the influence of pot. This may change in the future as scientists are beginning to learn more about how to test whether this drug is in a person's system.

NHTSA report points to a surge in marijuana-impaired driving

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of marijuana-impaired drivers in Wisconsin and around the country has increased by about 50 percent in only seven years. The agency's 2013 and 2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers also reveals that traces of THC, which is the chemical compound in marijuana that causes impairment, were found in the oral fluids or blood of 13 percent of the nighttime drivers who participated in the study and 9 percent of the daytime drivers who were tested.

Probable cause and expectations of privacy

The protections of the Fourth Amendment against unlawful searches and seizures by law enforcement officers is an important part of the Constitution and our legal system. Determining the legality of a search is an important part of many criminal cases. There are two legal terms that have a substantial impact on whether or not a warrantless search is considered legal. Wisconsin residents may benefit from a better understanding of this law.

DUI sobriety programs in Wisconsin

Motorists in Wisconsin must contact a state-approved facility to make an appointment for a drug or alcohol assessment within 72 hours of being convicted of driving while under the influence. The goal of these assessments is to determine whether or not the individual concerned requires treatment for a substance abuse problem. Recidivism is a serious issue among drunk drivers, and states have come to realize that the problem has more to do with addiction than it does with criminal intent.

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