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Opioid Law Reform and Patient Effects

December 19, 2018
By The Wiseman Law Firm

Has the Change Made Patients Turn to Illegally Obtaining Medicine?

The new laws on opioid and other prescription pain killers have made a huge impact on patients’ ability to have consistent, streamlined pain management.  Under CS/HB 21, effective July of 2018, the regulations require doctors to stick to a 3-7 day limit on prescriptions, while patients must return to their doctor’s office for additional prescriptions after the initial 3-7 period, and every subsequent week. Quite often, at that point, prescription strength is reduced or limited, despite persistent pain or a lengthy recovery time. HB 21 makes the prescription process extremely complicated, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you are injured to the degree of limited or no mobility.

If you have been injured and are experiencing acute, substantial pain, you need effective pain management. This new law may force you to seek pain relief elsewhere, especially if you cannot reach doctors, have limited insurance coverage or are unable to recover in the “expected time” for your injury.  Illegally obtaining the pain relief you need may be the only choice.  If you are worried about your pain management system, it pays to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable drug defense attorney.  Our team at The Wiseman Law Firm has over 15 years of trial-tested experience.  We sympathize with our clients and we understand how difficult it is to navigate the changing laws when it comes to prescriptions.

Building a Defense

If you have been accused of a drug crime, it is our job to examine all evidence and circumstances involved in your case and help you retain your rights.  You should not be punished for trying to manage your pain.

Our defense team will examine:

  • Prescription Use: Were the drugs on your person prescribed by your doctor, and if so, what are the circumstances of that prescription? When was your initial treatment or surgery and what are the treatment plans moving forward?
  • Unlawful Search: Did the arresting law enforcement perform an unlawful search and seizure at the time of your arrest?
  • Circumstantial Evidence: What are the circumstances surrounding your arrest, the quantity of medication, etc.?

Know Your Rights: Speak to Our Orlando Drug Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been forced to seek unconventional means of pain management, or have been accused of committing a drug crime, you need a defense team that will fight for you.  Our experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyer knows how frustrating it can be to not get the treatment, or understanding, you deserve when it comes to managing your pain. Although you may not be abusing the system, you may be treated as if you are. Let our defense team build a case against your charges.

Contact us today to discuss your situation before it’s too late. Call 407-420-4647.

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