Many young people are first introduced to drugs at a party, at school or by trusted friends. When illegal substances appear in an otherwise familiar context, they may not seem as threatening as they truly are.
Drug dogs are trained to sniff their surroundings and signal to law enforcement if they detect the presence of an illegal substance. These canines are an asset to police who are on the hunt for potential arrests to be made, but you may rightfully wonder about the legality of these practices. It all comes down to whether or not a warrant is required, and this varies based on the situation. Read on for more details on instances where warrants are and are not required for drug dog searches.
With the continuing expansion of social media use, law enforcement agencies may be finding it easier to find and track suspects in drug investigations. By now, most people are at least somewhat aware of the likelihood of schools and employers checking their Facebook accounts. Police officers across the nation are also getting into the habit of using social media to find evidence of drug use or trafficking.
A scary time in the lives of many parents occurs when they begin to suspect their teens are using drugs. Whatever the causes for suspicion, it is important for parents to remain relatively calm and to take action as soon as possible. Below are a few ideas of what you can do if you think your teen is using.
Laws on the use of medical marijuana vary greatly from state to state, but Illinois is one state that allows medical marijuana under certain circumstances. However, the line between medical and recreational use can easily become muddled if laws are misunderstood.
Ecstasy--MDMA--is a drug that first gained popularity in the 1980's. The drug, said to make you more empathic, loving and open to self-reflection, was often found at "Raves" or all-night parties. Fearing for the safety of the community, the Drug Enforcement Agency moved quickly to have the drug classified as a Schedule I drug--meaning that it was classified as a controlled substance that had no medical benefit and a high risk for abuse.
Last week, Huntington, W. V. had an unprecedented 26 heroin overdoses in only three and a half hours. While none of the overdoses were fatal--due largely to the availability of nalaxone, a heroin antidote--authorities believe the extraordinary number was linked to a new batch of heroin mixed with highly lethal fentanyl.
Addiction is at the heart of many drug crimes. People who are in the grip of addiction could find that they are engaging in activities they otherwise would never consider, in an effort to secure more of the substance to which they are addicted. This cycle can continue indefinitely or until something-such as an arrest-brings it to an end. While many different drugs could be behind this cycle, over the course of last few years, in the Chicago metro area, heroin has become one of the biggest culprits.
Dupage County's first medical marijuana dispensary recently opened for business on Naperville's far west side. The Naperville 3C Dispensary (with the Cs standing for Compassionate Care Center) opened Feb. 4, joining other dispensaries that are already in operation in Illinois.
Many people who are arrested for drug crimes end up doing jail time. This typically isn't what they, or society, needs. At the heart of drug crimes is addiction, and this is the true problem that needs to be addressed.