There is an infinite number of ways to become dependent on drugs, but one route has become increasingly popular in recent years: dependency that begins innocently with legitimate prescriptions for painkilling medications. In many of these situations, a person sustains an injury and then gets a prescription from a doctor to help with the pain. Before the patient realizes it, they can become dependent on the drugs.
One Denver woman recently described to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper her journey to heroin addiction. The story began when the 34-year-old had wisdom teeth removed and was given a prescription to pain medication.
She said that one time she inadvertently took more than the prescribed dose and discovered that she liked the feeling the drugs gave her. “When my prescription ran out, I chased that feeling and that involved having to buy prescription pills on the street,” she told the governor. When the woman found out that heroin was cheaper and more powerful than the prescription drugs she was buying, she was on her way to full-fledge addiction.
Many people understand that the most effective way to combat addiction is with long-term treatment that includes intensive counseling. Few argue that the best way to grapple with addiction is to incarcerate the substance abuser.
When a person is struggling with addiction and finds himself or herself facing a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) arrest, they face not only possible jail time, but also a driver’s license suspension that can affect their ability to hold a job or attend school, making sobriety struggles even more difficult.
A Denver attorney experienced in DUID defense understands that one of the best things that an addict or substance abuser can do is enter a treatment program that will enable them to tackle their problems head-on.
If you face harsh DUID punishments, a criminal defense attorney can help you understand your legal options and pursue favorable outcomes in negotiations with prosecutors and at trial.