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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.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse may be a gateway to use of opioids and, later, heroin. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to any of these substances, the following are some of the most crucial facts you should be aware of.

Drug abuse spells legal trouble

Drug abuse may at first seem to only be a personal problem, but it will quickly turn into a legal problem if not addressed. There are a number of legal ramifications that can result. If you obtain prescription medications fraudulently, for example, this is grounds for prosecution. If you become involved with illegal drugs and law enforcement finds you with heroin or another illicit substance, you will likely face charges of possession.

Even legal meds can cause DUI

A common misconception is the idea that prescription medications cannot cause legal trouble such as a DUI. On the contrary, substances such as these are common culprits for suspects charged with driving while intoxicated. These painkillers are extremely potent and often cause erratic behavior and dangerous driving. It is important not to mix drugs and driving.

There is help available

Drug abuse is an addiction like any other, and anybody who is struggling will need help to recover. The good news is that help is available. There are a number of community resources to connect to, or you may consider a rehabilitation program. If you are in need of legal help, an attorney can represent you and offer the legal counsel you need.

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