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Monday, December 8, 2014

MICHIGAN HEROIN DEATHS EXPERIENCING A SHARP RISE

Between 1999 and 2002, 271 people died from Heroin overdoses in Michigan. In half that time, between 2010 and 2012, the number of people that od on Heroin had risen to 728. Heroin deaths had more than doubled in half the time.

As I have discussed in a past blog, opiate addictions often times start out innocent enough with body pain of some sort that requires doctor intervention. Sometimes however, when patients over medicate (self-medicate) or simply by virtue of being under a doctors prescription for an extended period of time, they become dependent. Either way, many do not realize the extent to which they have slid into opiate dependency.

It does become apparent, however, when the patients prescription has been cut off by the doctor and now has to resort to buying the same pills off the street. Then when these drugs become too expensive, the only alternative left is Heroin!

BEWARE!!! YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE FELONY ZONE!!!

Possessing Heroin in an amount of 25 grams or more but less than 50 grams is a four year felony. When the possession is for greater amounts the penalty goes up considerably. For possessing 50 grams or over but less than 450 grams....20 years. For 450 grams and over but less than 1,000 grams....30 years. For possessing 1,000 grams or more....LIFE.

Using Heroin, on the other hand, is a one year misdemeanor. However do not think that a person may use a drug such as Heroin continuously and only be charged with use. As the charges continue to pile up so does the punishment. Getting caught using Heroin the first time will normally result in a charge no worse than "use". How the charge is resolved from there hinges on a number of different factors and is not the issue of this article. After the first time however, the charge most likely will be bumped up to a "possession" charge. The individual has taken the same behavior and taken it from a one year misdemeanor and turned it into a four year felony.

I have dealt with hundreds of these types a cases and know how to dispose of them without the client ending up with a criminal record.

If you have legal problems dealing with Heroin or any other controlled substance, the earlier you call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois the quicker we can get out in front of the problem.

In Troy Attorney Martin Lievois can be reached at 248-419-1566 or in Flint at 810-250-4550.

 

 


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