Oxycontin Laws In Michigan
Oxycontin is a prescription opioid pain medication similar in strength to morphine. It is used in the treatment of persistent moderate to severe pain. It is intended for pain that is expected to last an extended period of time. Because Oxycontin is used for round-the-clock treatment of pain, it should not to be used for “as-needed” pain.
Illegal Possession And Sale of Oxycontin In Michigan
Oxycontin is prescribed by doctors to treat patients with long-duration pain, for example people suffering from severe back injuries, broken bones, neck (cervical) pain, and kidney pain. People who have a prescription for oxycontin are legally entitled to consume it. However, those who don’t have a prescription for oxycontin, are forbidden by law to possess, sell, or consume it.
A legal prescription is obtained from a doctor. Unfortunately, there are many ways that people get oxycontin without a prescription. One way would be to steal it or be given the drug by a person who does have a legally obtained prescription. Another way would be to steal a doctor’s prescription pad and forge a prescription. Sometimes people will even engage in something called “doctor shopping”, which means visiting several doctors and complaining to all of them of severe pain in order to receive several prescriptions for oxycontin.
Oxycontin is highly addictive. As a result, even those who take it for a short time are at risk of becoming dependant. Oxycontin has a great number of street names and nicknames, and they change regularly in order to avoid detection by law enforcement. Street names for oxycontin currently include Cotton, Ox, Orange County, Killers, Beans, Rushbo, and O’s. Nicknames sometimes include numbers, like 20s, 40s and 80s, which usually refer to dosage amounts.
Important Information About Oxycontin
Oxycontin should not be taken in conjunction with any other pain medication unless prescribed by a doctor. Do not consume alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or other narcotic medications if you are already taking oxycontin. Also, never crush or break an extended-release Oxycontin tablet. This may release dangerous amounts of the drug into your system all at once. Swallow it whole as directed. A large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression and even death.
Signs and symptoms of oxycontin overdose include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips or face, seizure, convulsions, confusion/disorientation, lightheadedness, or severe drowsiness. If you are showing any of these symptoms, and have consumed oxycontin recently, contact your doctor immediately, or call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
Oxycontin can be a dangerous drug to take, even for those who have a valid prescription. It can slow or stop your breathing, in particular when you first begin using it, or whenever your dose is changed. Never take oxycontin in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Overdosing on oxycontin can be, and often is, deadly.
It is important to know that recent research conducted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine reported that nearly 1 in 30 high school seniors have abused Oxycotin.
Oxycontin and Michigan Law
Oxycontin, because it contain oxycodone, is considered a Schedule 2 drug under Michigan law. This means that it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. While Schedule 2 drugs do have approved medical uses in the U.S., they are highly regulated due to their addictive nature. As a result, state law requires that in order to have oxycontin, you must have a legally obtained prescription from a practicing doctor.
Anyone arrested for the use, possession, or sale of oxycontin in Michigan is likely to face very serious penalties. A prescription drug violation usually results in high fines and jail or prison time. Michigan law treats the use, possession, manufacture and delivery (sale) of oxycontin differently. Penalties for these crimes are as follows:
Penalty for Use of Oxycontin:
Oxycontin use is a misdemeanor drug crime in Michigan and if you are convicted of using Oxycontin, you could go to jail for up to one year, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Penalty for Possession of Oxycontin:
Oxycontin possession is a felony drug crime in Michigan. The duration of potential prison time and fines depends on the amount of Oxycontin illegally possessed:
- If you illegally possessed less than 50 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to four years, pay a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
- If you illegally possessed 50 grams to 449 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
- If you illegally possessed 450 grams to 999 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
- If you illegally possessed 1,000 grams or more of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for your entire life, pay a fine of $1,000,000, or both.
Penalty for Manufacturing or Delivering Oxycontin:
Manufacturing, creating, delivering, and possessing with the intent to manufacture, create, or deliver Oxycontin are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. The sentences for these crimes also depend on the amount of illegal Oxycontin involved:
- If it was less than 50 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
- If it was 50 grams to 449 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
- If it was 450 grams to 999 grams of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
- If it was 1,000 grams or more of Oxycontin, you could go to prison for up to your entire life, pay a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both.
Oxycotin Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with a oxycotin drug crime, contact us IMMEDIATELY for a free initial consultation. You need an aggressive attorney who will protect your constitutional rights and help you stay out of jail or prison. At Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC, we have experience with drug cases all over Michigan and can guide you through your case to get the best possible result. Call us day or night to speak with a skilled Michigan drug defense lawyer today.
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