According to the El Paso Times, over 30 people were recently arrested after
being involved in a prescription drug fraud scheme. The El Paso County
residents face state charges in connection with their crime. Officials
say that 33 people were taken into custody as a result of the prescription
drug issue and some of the suspects were also charged with engaging in
organized criminal activity.
Officials say that the discovered more than 300 prescriptions and 32,000
pills involved in the investigation. Those arrested range in age from
21 to 68-years-old. The regional commander for the Texas Department of
Public Safety told news sources that
prescription drug abuse is very dangerous and is a far-reaching problem in the state of Texas.
Statistics show that about 7 million Americans report abusing prescription
medications at some point in the recent past.
This past week those arrested were abusing oxycodone, hydrocodone, and
alprazolam. These medications are often referred to by the brand names
Vicodin, Perocet and Xanax. All of the drugs are powerful painkillers
that are often used for patients post-surgery. When consumed for no specific
reason, they can still produce a "high" that will last several
hours. Some drug addicts will take these pills as a way to escape reality.
The prescriptions are only given to those who need them, so addicts often
have to make fake prescriptions, file stolen prescriptions, alter prescriptions,
or doctor shop. This involves making appointments with various doctors
so that an addict can continue receiving prescriptions for medications
and feigning illness without being discovered. If you have been arrested
for prescription drug fraud, you will want a
Texas drug defense lawyer on your side promptly for more information. Hire the firm right away to
get started on your case!