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Why is the law so harsh on heroin users?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2018 | Drug Crimes |

Drugs are a major problem in Tennessee, and if you are caught selling or using them, you could face your own difficulties. It’s been estimated that there are around 800 methamphetamine labs in the state, and it would cost thousands to clean up a single lab and prevent damage from the toxic chemicals.

Law enforcement officers are highly concerned about the increasing use of heroin, an opioid. This drug is more likely to cause deadly reactions. The problem is that it is often laced with a narcotic named fentanyl. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is extremely potent and often leads to overdoses. It can even cause an overdose if it is absorbed through the skin.

Law enforcement officers are becoming wary of individuals who are drug users and abusers due to the risks of coming into contact with fentanyl. In 2014, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began to provide handheld auto-injectors to those who may come in contact with fentanyl accidentally.

As someone accused of possessing heroin or fentanyl, your rights are at risk. You may face a more significant bias against you, but this is just because of the fear of the type of drug you possessed. It is your attorney’s job to make sure that you do not face unfair treatment when you are arrested or following an arrest. No matter what kind of drug you use or possess, you should have options open to you. The reality is that seeking treatment and penalty alternatives can be a positive way to help you step away from drug use while keeping you out of jail.