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Fentanyl and Fentanyl-laced heroin have become the leading causes of drug overdoses in America. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is about 40 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and increasingly stronger than heroin. Because Fentanyl is so dangerous, those accused of selling this drug unlawfully are facing higher levels of scrutiny and stiffer penalties than ever. It is therefore particularly important to contact an experienced Fairfax, VA drug crime lawyer with May Law, LLP if you have been accused of selling, distributing or even unlawfully possessing this particular drug. The process of building a strong defense should begin the moment after you’re arrested.
What exactly is Fentanyl and why is it so dangerous?
Fentanyl, and drugs similar to Fentanyl are synthetic opioids that are prescribed by doctors to relieve pain. This drug can be easily created in a lab; therefore it is cheap to make. There is no need to grow opium poppies and convert the poppy from morphine into heroin. Recently, law enforcement has concluded that a great deal of the fentanyl found on the streets is made in labs in China. It’s production is not supervised by US regulators and it is then shipped to this country, often through Latin America. While in transit, drug dealers and traffickers may cut the fentanyl into heroin. They make more money by doing this because the heroin-laced fentanyl results in a bigger high for a lower dose.
Drug users often do not know that the heroin they are buying is laced with fentanyl. So a user who buys the same amount of heroin, expecting the same result, ends up overdosing because the fentanyl is far more potent and their body cannot handle it. On the flip side, drug users who find out more overdoses are occurring, look for the fentanyl-laced heroin because they look for the bigger high. Either way, fentanyl is extremely dangerous because it is difficult to treat someone who is overdosing on this drug. Typically, first responders use one dose of naloxone (a drug used to reverse overdoses from opioids) to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. If it is a fentanyl overdose, multiple doses of naloxone is necessary to fight the effects of the fentanyl. Due to the dangers that this drug inspires, courts are cracking down on anyone convicted of a crime related to fentanyl. If you’ve been accused of such a crime, even if you had no knowledge that the drug was on your person or that you took or sold a drug that had been laced with fentanyl, contact an experienced Fairfax, VA drug sales lawyer immediately. You need to protect your rights right now.
Bills introduced in several states add fentanyl and the synthetic version to their state’s list of controlled substances. It has become a Class B felony to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and if you are found to be trafficking fentanyl it is a Class A felony, which in some states could get you life in prison depending upon how much you had in your possession at the time of your arrest. It is therefore clear that anyone linked to use, sale, or intent to distribute this drug is in immediate need of experienced legal guidance from an experienced Fairfax, VA drug sales lawyer. If you have been arrested and charged with possession of fentanyl, don’t submit to questioning from law enforcement until a Fairfax, Virginia drug sales lawyer from May Law LLP has arrived to represent you. Invoke your Miranda rights and wait for help to arrive before speaking with law enforcement.
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