In the state of New York, drugs are illegal. They can have terrible effects on people. People can become addicted to drugs, have their lives ruined or even die from an overdose. This can be detrimental to a family and all their loved ones. The law forbids the buying and selling of drugs in the state. Although prescription drugs are legal, they cannot be possessed by someone that does not have a prescription for that drug. Sharing prescription drugs is not allowed. People can become addicted to these substances as well as illegal drugs. The consequences of these crimes can be very harsh on individuals. It is important for police to monitor drug crimes, especially during a time when opioid addictions are causing so many deaths across the country. If you are caught in possession of drugs, you can face serious penalties for this offense. There are even stricter laws for those who are caught selling drugs or even involved in drug trafficking offenses. If you have been arrested in a drug involved crime, it is best to reach out for an attorney to help argue your case. Otherwise, you may be charged with a felony that can have penalties that affect your life.
How are drugs categorized?
Drugs are categorized into different categories depending on their level of danger. The Controlled Substances Act classifies these drugs based on their medical use, their rate of abuse and the addictiveness of them. They are arranged from Schedule II to Schedule IV based off of these aspects. Marijuana is legal in some states for recreational use and legal in other states for medical use. However, it is not legal in New York for either medicinal or recreational purposes. The state still charges people for possession of marijuana. Marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule I drug. This level also includes drugs such as heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and Quaaludes. If you have an amount of these drugs in your possession that is considered to be more than use for one individual, you may be charged with intent to sell and distribute this drug. This charge can have worse consequences that come along with it since it is considered a more severe offense. Prescription drugs can become a problem if you obtain them illegally by using someone else’s prescription. They can be abused by those who do not have the proper documentation for them. You can be charged with possession if they are found in your possession and you cannot show a prescription for it. Drugs such as Oxycodone and Percocet are abused by people.
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