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court ordered drug treatmentThere are many reasons people commit crimes, and the action themselves should not be the criteria on which that person should be judged. Very often, offenders are either under the influence of drugs and alcohol or else have a substance addiction problem that is a contributing factor to their behavior. In these cases, this documented medical condition must be taken into account if and when legal issues do arise.

Drug abuse has documented physical, psychological, and mood changing properties that can affect the way a person thinks, behaves, and makes decisions. Although these changes are normally associated with addiction to illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, substances such as alcohol, as well as narcotic prescription medications, can cause the same issues. This does not mean the person is not responsible for criminal actions, but does raise a lingering question: what is the most effective way to handle these cases?

Imprisonment and fines can certainly be effective punishments for illegal activity. However, they do not address the underlying cause of the reason for the antisocial behavior in the first place. Addressing the drug addiction itself can be the best course of action for both the addict and the criminal justice system as a whole. When drugs are the true cause of the commission of a crime in Connecticut, the courts can use rehabilitation programs in some instances.


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opioid, drug crimes, possession, Connecticut criminal lawyer, criminal defense attorney in StamfordIndeed heroin, as well as many other illicit substances, have been presenting a challenge to law enforcement officials--as well as the victims of addiction--for longer than the “War on Drugs” has existed. Drug abuse can cause a whole host of problems extending to every facet of life--in addition to hiring a criminal defense attorney and dealing with court, the emotional and psychological toll an addiction can cause on yourself and loved ones  is catastrophic, especially if the end result is a fatal overdose.

The drug overdose statistics in Connecticut certainly seems to be illustrating this as more and more the reality for an increasing number of people. A study beginning January 2nd of this year 2014 and concluding on June 17th found a total of 151 opioid related overdose cases, which is more than half of all cases seen in all of last year.

Opioids are powerful narcotics that are highly addictive and highly dangerous. Heroin is perhaps the most well known of this class of substances, but they also include commonly seen medications for pain-- including, but not limited to: