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NewGuidelines

The CDC’s New Guidelines On Opioid Prescribing Do Not Directly Address Illicit Drugs But Could Represent A New Chapter In The Opioid Epidemic

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines regarding the prescribing of opioid painkillers.  The 2016 guidelines encouraged doctors only to prescribe short courses of the drugs and to taper doses or discontinue the prescription after several weeks in almost all cases.  This was a stark contrast with the 1990s… Read More »

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PillsOTC

Over-The-Counter Antihistamines And The Opioid Epidemic

By William Wallshein P.A. |

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report detailing a disturbing recent trend in opioid overdoses.  It reported that approximately 15 percent of the patients whose deaths were attributed to opioid overdose in 2019 and 2020 also tested positive for over-the-counter antihistamines.  Many of these overdoses were accidental, as… Read More »

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DUI_Cannabis

It Is Illegal To Drive Under The Influence Of Cannabis, But How Do You Prove It?

By William Wallshein P.A. |

State laws about cannabis interact with each other in ways that make it possible to face charges for cannabis crimes even when your mere possession of the marijuana or edibles is not a violation of the law.  For example, you can get charges for DUI if you drive under the influence of cannabis, even… Read More »

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HerbalSupplement

When Does A Dietary Supplement Become An Illegal Drug?

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Most of the items you find at gas station convenience stores where you stop in the middle of the night on road trips are the same as products you would find at a supermarket in the daytime, such as sunflower seeds, candy bars, potato chips, soda, and bottled coffee drinks.  The pills in the… Read More »

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K9

Ketamine Chic And Other Bogus Reasons To Send In The Drug-Sniffing Dogs

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Imagine if, during a trial in a drug possession case, a police officer who had arrested the defendant during the incident that led to the charges told the jury that he or she conducted the traffic stop because of a broken taillight or expired tags but then decided to search the vehicle for drugs… Read More »

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What

The Field Test Said That The Drug Mixture In Your Car Contained What?

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The field tests that police use at traffic stops are notoriously subjective and unreliable.  A 20-year-old gymnast can successfully walk an imaginary tight rope whether she is sober or drunk, but a 60-year-old who takes blood pressure medication would have trouble with that task, even if she hasn’t consumed a drop of alcohol in… Read More »

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DrugCourt

Are You Eligible For Drug Court In Palm Beach County?

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Evidence that addiction is not something you can punish out of existence is everywhere in South Florida.  In 2019, Colton Wooten, who moved to Florida several years earlier to enter an addiction facility, described his experiences with the Florida Shuffle, where people just out of inpatient rehab soon find their way to relapses and… Read More »

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DrugFentanyl

HB 95 Introduces New Rules About Fentanyl

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid approximately 100 times as strong as morphine and 50 times as strong as heroin, causes more drug overdose deaths than any other controlled substance.  It was originally intended for pain management in cancer patients and in emergency situations where injured patients are being transported to hospitals for treatment.  Most of… Read More »

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5_Buckets

What Are The Different Schedules Of Controlled Substances?

By William Wallshein P.A. |

When you read news reports about criminal cases involving drugs, you sometimes see the phrases “illegal drugs” and “controlled substances” used interchangeably.  In fact, “controlled substances” just means that the drug is illegal at least some of the time.  Some controlled substances are legal in some contexts.  The Controlled Substances Act, a federal law… Read More »

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Beard

Frenchman’s Drug Dealing Empire Collapsed When He Traveled To Miami For Beard Contest

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The Internet has always been a place where weirdos go to be weird, often with the help of pseudonyms, but the nature of that weirdness has changed over the years.  In the old days, people turned to bulletin board systems and online chat rooms to nerd out with friends in other time zones about… Read More »

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