Opioid Laws in ArizonaThe Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act is designed to attack the opioid epidemic from all angles, protecting those who are suffering from chronic pain, while providing those who are struggling with addiction with support and treating them with compassion. Opioid addiction is a public health emergency, and the Arizona Department of Health Services is looking for ways to prevent overdose, provide people with access to medication-assisted treatment, and also help to prevent addiction by ensuring that prescriptions are appropriate. As a part of the act, the law in Arizona has been reconsidered. Lawmakers have opted to institute a "Good Samaritan" law, which will encourage people to call 911 if they suspect someone has taken an opioid overdose, and allow the person who has overdosed to receive the necessary emergency care. Prior to the enactment of this law, those who witnessed overdoses were often reluctant to call for help because they feared prosecution for their own drug use. The new law will make it easier for bystanders to seek help without fear of prosecution themselves. Another new initiative is the Angel Initiative, which allows citizens to turn in their drugs to the police, and seek treatment for their addiction, without fear of prosecution. The initiative was first launched in October 2016, but on a very limited scale. The early attempts led to 123 people entering into treatment, and the plan now is to open it up to more counties, to allow even more people to get assistance. Lawmakers want to see bad actors who write dangerous prescriptions punished more heavily, and to prevent fraudulent marketing, pill mills, and doctor shopping. Accountability should be in the hands of the manufacturers and the doctors, with pills not making it onto the streets. If you have been struggling with opioid addiction, or are involved in the sale or trade of opioids illegally, seek help as soon as possible.
How a Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help Those Selling or Dealing Prescription Drugs in Arizona is republished from robert dodell owner of azcrimlaw
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