In-Depth Look at the Laws Regulating Opioid Possession

Heroin was first derived from the opium poppy flower in the late 19th century by drug manufacturer Bayer. The same company later distributed the drug as a cough suppressant and pain reliever. In 1914, the federal government put the first heroin restrictions in place that limited the distribution of the drug. Nowadays, state laws vary in the severity of sentencing depending on state legislation. In 1986 lawmakers did enact a mandatory minimum sentencing guideline for drug offenses in an effort to crackdown on organized illegal distributors. Many states such as Kentucky have adopted some of these methods of harsh drug sentencing and carry some of the most extreme consequences. States like California, on the other hand, have some of the most lenient sentencing which focuses more on small fines and shorter jail time for drug possession to emphasize rehabilitation.


Signs of an Opioid Overdose

There is a delicate line that all people balance on when they take prescription opioids in order to manage their pain. What would normally bring patients relief can sometimes get out of hand and instead take people’s lives down a darker path that can feel inescapable once an addiction to the opioids has developed.  It is important to know the signs of both an opioid overdose and opioid abuse in order to help yourself, a friend, or a loved one seek help or treatment.


A Comprehensive Overview of Heroin

In recent years the United States has seen a surge in the severity and reach of those affected by the opioid epidemic. According to the

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