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Arlington Heights drug crimes attorneyWhile law enforcement says that the number of methamphetamine lab arrests has decreased over the last few years, the number of actual users – those arrested for possession and other related crimes – seems to be increasing throughout the state of Illinois. Some Illinois residents may view this as a positive, but it actually shows a lack of insight and understanding of addiction. What is more, research is suggesting that the increase of arrests and convictions does not actually improve society. Instead, it creates more problems in the future.

Behind the Addict

Meth is a highly addictive substance that can change even the best of people. Yet law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system seem to overlook the person behind that addiction. They fail to see the family of those affected. Most of all, they do not consider the external and internal factors that can often lead to addiction. For example, those who live in poverty are more likely to suffer from a substance addiction, as are those who suffer from mental illness.

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drug, Illinois drug crime, Arlington Heights Drug Crime Defense LawyerA 24-year-old New Lenox man recently shared the experience he had involving a new designer drug – which authorities describe as "deadly – a drug that the man had no idea he was taking. The drug caused the man to black out and suffer from a psychotic episode. He and his family described how he became violent and even ran around his neighborhood naked. The man had no recollection of any of what happened, including being arrested, until three days later when he woke up in a jail cell.

The drug, officially called Alpha-PVP, is referred to as "flakka" or "gravel." It is a second-generation bath salt, coming in the form of crystals which can be eaten, injected, snorted, or vaporized. Reports are that flakka is more addictive than both crack cocaine and crystal meth. The drug is produced in China and began first appearing in the Southern Florida area. However, there are reports of it appearing in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the country, including Texas and Ohio, causing the hospitalization of at least 20 victims per day, and being blamed for almost a dozen deaths.

The street price of flakka is low and the target market for the drug appears to be young people. Because it is so highly addictive, many drug dealers give it to unsuspecting users. Even more dangerous are what the drug dealers are cutting it with – insecticides and rat poison.

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Arlington Heights drug crimes defense attorney, drug convictions, drug crimes, drug offense, Scott F. Anderson, drug possession, illegal drugs, Illinois drug chargesUse of illegal drugs is one of the largest social, economic, and political issues in contemporary America. Between the legalization of marijuana in some states, the widespread abuse of opiates (including prescription narcotics) and opiate overdoses, and the ease of accessibility to these substances, illegal drugs can cause a host of problems. When these issues extend to legal problems and drug charges, it is critical to contact an Illinois criminal defense attorney.

There are varying degrees of drug charges in the State of Illinois, and many carry very different, and often stiff penalties in their wake. Consider the following list of common street narcotics and the results if convicted when found in one's possession:

Heroin and substances containing heroin: Possession of heroin, or any substance containing heroin, carries very stiff consequences. Being caught with anywhere between 15 to 99 grams of Heroin can bring a four to fifteen year prison sentence, as well as a fine of up to $200,000.

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