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Prescription drugs: prevention and penalties

Adults are not the only ones who have succumbed to the nationwide prescription drug crisis; drug use among children and teenagers is also on the rise. Amidst today's tense atmosphere regarding the topic, Texas lawmakers and locals alike have considered a number of approaches to combatting overdose.

The meth trend in texas

While a widely reported topic, especially on the dangers of addiction, the realities of methamphetamine use in America are much more grim. An overwhelming number of Americans have reported using the drug, and specific areas in the country have high concentrations of meth use and manufacturing sites. Texas has seen an increase in meth use over recent years, which has led state officials and health experts alike to ponder the availability of the drug and the severity of its effects on users.

Texans need treatment, not incarceration, for drugs

For many years now, law enforcement officials and the judicial system have adoptede a very punitive approach with people who have been charged with various drug crimes in Texas. This has actually been the case around the nation despite different laws in each state. At the same time, the nation and the state have been seeing a virtual explosion in the number of people developing serious addictions to opioid substances.

The pros and cons of changing texas marijuana laws

Texas is hardly the first state in which lawmakers are reconsidering marijuana regulations. Yet those regulations largely revolve around the topic of medical needs instead of mere recreational purposes. Regardless of the specific purpose, marijuana possession laws in the state have long been strict and costly. Although the drug has recently been under close scrutiny nationwide, what are the consequences for those caught in possession of this controversial substance?

Marijuana possession: is it still a crime?

The controversy surrounding marijuana legalization in America has taken the spotlight in regards to attitudes towards the drug as a whole. As for Texas, legalization has yet to take place, yet lawmakers are recently reconsidering the legal penalties for possession. There currently exist a number of penalties and fines for marijuana possession, but the growing number of those incarcerated as a result has caused many to reassess the ways society views the drug, and the crippling costs to support those behind bars for posession.

State legislature to consider criminal justice reform

Texas residents who believe that sometimes the current criminal justice system does not always feel so just are not alone. A survey conducted on behalf of the Texas Smart-on-Crime Coalition shows strong support for some changes. Interestingly, many of the changes evaluated in the survey are actually being considered by the state legislature currently.

Synthetic drugs carry serious criminal penalties in Texas

Many young people purchase synthetic drugs because they believe that these substances, often sold in stores and online, are safer than traditional street drugs. Many people also mistakenly believe that these drugs are legal, when, in fact, they are not.

Were you accused of possessing "pink" or "pinky?"

Texas residents are using a variety of synthetic substances -- like K2 and "pinky" -- for recreational and intoxicating purposes. Some of these substances are more dangerous to the health and body than others. Nevertheless, the chemical components of these substances are largely unregulated, so police have had a difficult time combatting them.

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