There is no doubt that prescription drugs, in particular oxycodone, methadone and vicodin, are becoming a very serious epidemic in the world of criminal justice. What many thought was just a basic pill to relieve pain, had come to the realization that these pills are sometimes just as addictive as cocaine or even heroin. The DEA has taken a heavy stance on this topic and has made a large indent in the amount of pain killing drugs that pharmacies are allowed to prescribe. They have raided pharmacies, destroyed businesses that “possibly” are corrupt and even pulled licenses for distributing companies that deliver these drugs to the hospitals and emergency rooms where they are needed most. It is estimated that nearly 20% of all prescribed drugs are used for non-medical reasons (NLM). This means that individuals who are not prescribed are somehow attaining these narcotics and using them to mix with alcohol, take alone, or take for the simple pleasure of an altered consciousness.
The DEA has been using a zero tolerance form of law enforcement against producers and pharmacies. They have investigated harder than ever and only account for less than two percent of all drug possession charges. Among many of the cases they have dug into is the investigation and pulling of Cardinal Health’s license to distribute drugs to four different pharmacies throughout Florida. Because of a sudden spike of delivered drugs to these pharmacies, the DEA quickly hopped on the case and investigated. They have no evidence as to charge, however they do have probable cause to pull the license. The company is quite upset about the situation because they do not directly deal with the actual prescriptions; instead they simply deliver how many pills are ordered from the pharmacy. This seems like a bit of “nervous decision making” by the DEA, however I would imagine that the public and citizens of the area expect nothing but to allow a proper investigation into the spike of prescriptions. Here is an article/video that help explains a little more about abused prescription drugs.
If the prescription drug abuse in America continues to worsen, I feel as though it could be an issue that may need to be addressed such as street drugs like marijuana, cocaine or heroin. As the video mentioned, prescription drugs are becoming easier and easier to abuse because of their abundance throughout families’ households. They are beginning to enter society at a younger age, making the younger generation susceptible to the drugs. With law enforcement agencies and federal agencies teaming up, I feel as though they should be able to quickly clean the abuse problem. The programs that are implanted to help rid prescription drugs are being used rapidly and have shown somewhat positive results. Offering different alternatives to ridding of left over prescription drugs will allow households to be closer to a drug free home. The programs are innovative are beginning to address the problem more seriously. According to the National Vital Statistics System, prescription drugs are an epidemic that should be assessed. This topic is quite interesting and I feel it