Category: Drug Crimes

Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic has been raging for over 20 years. It first began when doctors started to overprescribe pain relievers. When these drugs became hard to obtain, heroin use skyrocketed. Today, illegally manufactured fentanyl is mixed with heroin, opioids, and other illegal drugs. This is the reason opioid deaths continue at all-time highs in Wisconsin.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a drug that alleviates body pain and can produce a pleasurable effect on the brain. People can use them in correct, beneficial, and illegal ways. Opioids may be prescribed by a healthcare professional as a pain treatment following surgery, for painful emotions, or trauma. The types of opioids are:

  • Prescription pain relievers: Prescription opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and methadone. These medications serve as pain relievers by changing how your body feels and responds to pain.
    • Pharmaceutical: This is prescribed by healthcare professionals to treat severe pain. It can come in a lozenge, pill, nasal/sublingual spray, transdermal patch, or injection.
    • Illegal: This type of fentanyl is sold solely for its ability to produce a good feeling. It is often mixed into other drugs to make it look like prescription medicine.
  • Heroin: This is an illegal opioid. It is most commonly used for a short-term rush of pleasurable feelings. There is no medical use for this drug. It is strictly prohibited.

If you or a loved one faces charges such as possession of illegally obtained prescription drugs or heroin possession, the consequences can be severe. It is crucial to work with an experienced local attorney who can provide you with the aggressive defense you need during a difficult time.

Have you heard about this program? It’s probably bad news if you have, since the goal of The Wisconsin Enhances Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP) is to identify potential drug crimes and apprehend those accused of committing them.

How Does It Work?

The ePDMP provides the state with valuable information regarding monitored prescription drugs dispensed by Wisconsin and aids healthcare workers in their prescribing and dispensing decisions. In addition, the ePDMP allows pharmacies, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and public health officials to work together, attempting to reduce the misuse, abuse, and diversion of monitored prescription drugs.

The ePDMP receives alerts based on numerous things such as early refills, long-term Opioid therapy, and high Opioid daily use. For example, in June 2022, about 20,000 individuals received an early refill. This is a cause for immediate concern for those individuals. In the same month, about 12,000 individuals were on long-term Opioid therapy. These numbers are the lowest they have been since January of 2022. Delegates and Prescribers make most of the patient queries each month. With this information, the WI ePDMP can monitor any patients who meet the criteria to be considered as concerning.

Mistakes Will Be Made

Unfortunately, human beings make mistakes and law enforcement officers are no exception. An increased focus on prescription drug monitoring will result in increased scrutiny on legal prescription drug users and result in faulty criminal charges. It is crucial to have a skilled criminal defense attorney
protecting your rights and making sure your side of the story is told if you find yourself on the wrong side of prescription drug charges.

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