According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, officials are highly concerned about the sharp increase in the illegal trafficking and abuse of the prescription pain medication, OxyContin, and its generic version, oxycodone. OxyContin is legally prescribed for patients who are suffering from moderate to severe pain. However, OxyContin/oxycodone has now become one of the most abused and most trafficked drugs.
Often, oxycodone is illegally obtained through methods such as forged prescriptions, doctor shopping, over-prescribing, pharmacy theft, or smuggling the drug into the U.S. from foreign countries. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, South Florida is considered a high source area for trafficking in prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Currently, there are hundreds of unauthorized pain management clinics in Florida’s Broward, Miami-Dale, and Palm Beach counties where doctors prescribe and give out large amounts of oxycodone and other prescription drugs without sufficient medical reasons. These pain clinics are often operated by investors, not medical personnel, and attract drug seekers from other states such as Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Because the state of Florida is a prime area for drug trafficking, it also has one of the strictest drug trafficking laws in the country. The penalties for a drug trafficking conviction can range anywhere from several years to life in prison and include heavy fines.
If you are facing a prescription drug trafficking charge in Florida, it is essential to have an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can effectively defend your rights. The attorneys at Anidjar & Levine can help negotiate with prosecutors, find legal defenses that can exonerate you or reduce your sentence, fight for your interests and achieve the best results possible.
If you need legal assistance with a prescription drug trafficking charge, call 800-747-3733 or fill out and submit our online “Contact Us” form to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced South Florida drug trafficking defense attorney. We look forward to providing you with aggressive, effective legal representation.