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The dangers of mixing teens and drugs

There are many reasons parents in Florida should be concerned if their teenage children are using prohibited substances like marijuana or prescription drugs. Another worry to add to the list is that teens who share narcotics with each other can face drug dealing charges. This applies even when teens share drugs for free. Furthermore, homicide charges may be brought against a teen who shares drugs with someone who falls victim to an overdose.

The number of accidental overdose death cases doubled between 2015 and 2017. This includes more than 1,000 cases among 36 states. The charges for these incidents range from first-degree murder to manslaughter.

The illicit substances most favored by teens are alcohol and marijuana. However, addictive prescription drugs such as Valium and morphine are also a danger. Adderall, which is a popular street drug, has an estimated street value of $10 per pill in New York. One report found that 90 percent of prescription drug addicts surveyed started using prescription drugs in high school or middle school.

Teens typically get drugs by stealing prescription medication from an older family member or pooling money and purchasing drugs either online or through a friend. Worried parents should start conversations with their teens about the dangers of drug use. Someone with experience regarding addiction and recovery could also share their stories with a teen.

The possible penalties associated with drug crimes are often severe. However, legal outcomes can vary widely based on the circumstances. That's why it may be wise for a defendant to contact an attorney. Important factors in a case may include the type of illegal substance, the amount and whether or not anyone was hurt.

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