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What are some of the most common prescription drugs that can lead to drug crime charges in New Jersey?

NJ law enforcement has been cracking down on prescription drug offenses in recent years because of an explosion in the number of opioid overdose deaths throughout the state. As a result, many people who simply got addicted to painkillers after surgery have found themselves under arrest and facing severe criminal penalties. So, although prescription drugs are legal under certain circumstances, possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription from a doctor or other qualified medical professional could put you behind bars for a very long time.

Whether you use painkillers, opiates, tranquilizers, central nervous system depressants, or central nervous system stimulants, you will probably need a prescription to do so legally. Here are some of the specific types of prescription drugs that can result in drug crime charges in NJ:

  • Adderall: An amphetamine used to treat ADHD.
  • Ambien: The brand name for Zolpidem, a drug used to treat insomnia.
  • Amphetamines: Stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
  • Codeine: Used as a painkiller and as a cough reliever.
  • Concerta
  • Darvocet
  • Demerol
  • Dexedrine
  • Diazepam: Sold as Valium and used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, muscle spasms, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal.
  • Fentanyl: An extremely powerful drug typically used to treat pain after surgery.
  • Focalin
  • GHB: A “club drug.”
  • Hydrocodone: Sold as Vicodin and used as both a painkiller and a cough syrup.
  • Ketamine: A “club drug.”
  • Mebarol
  • Methadone: Commonly used to treat drug addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Morphine: Used to treat intense pain.
  • Nembutal
  • Oxycodone: Sold as Percocet.
  • OxyContin
  • Palladone
  • Percocet: The brand name for Oxycodone.
  • Provigil: A prescription stay-awake drug used to treat narcolepsy.
  • Ritalin: A stimulant drug that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and narcolepsy.
  • Rohypnol: A “club drug.”
  • Roxycontin
  • Steroids
  • Suboxone
  • Valium: The brand name for Diazepam, which is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, muscle spasms, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal.
  • Vicodin: The brand name for Hydrocodone, a commonly used painkiller.
  • Xanax: The brand name for Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and depression.

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If you’ve been arrested and charged with a drug crime in Egg Harbor, Hamilton Township, Atlantic City, or anywhere else in South Jersey, you may be feeling scared and concerned about what the future holds for you. Perhaps you have an upcoming court date and want to know how you should plead. The best decision you can make right now is to speak with a qualified criminal lawyer about your charges and find out how to proceed. Don’t talk to the police or prosecution without first consulting an attorney.

John Tumelty is the founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty in South Jersey. As a criminal defense attorney representing clients in courtrooms throughout Atlantic County and Cape May County, Mr. Tumelty has achieved dismissals, charge downgrades, favorable plea deals, and jury verdicts in favor of his clients. Let him take a look at your drug crime case and determine the best court of action to help you beat the charges and avoid a criminal record. Contact Mr. Tumelty anytime to arrange a free consultation at his Atlantic City office.

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