New Jersey residents have been hearing a lot recently about a reported rise in heroin use in the Northeast. These alarming reports may point to new problems with illegal street drugs, but they tend to obscure the fact that the authorities are increasingly concerned with illegal use of prescription medication.
Crimes involving drugs often include illegal narcotics like crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other street drugs. However, some legal prescription drugs are narcotics and may be addictive and harmful. It is becoming more common to see drug charges related to prescription medicine when those drugs are not prescribed or used as intended.
The sale of prescription drugs has become a problem that is pervading states across the U.S. Drug crimes are no longer limited to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and other illegal substances. Many people in New Jersey and across the country are developing serious addictions to prescription drugs, changing the face of the war on drugs.