The Rising Issue of Senior Citizens in the Drug Trade
An unusual trend is on the rise: senior citizens being apprehended for dealing drugs. It’s a story that’s both surprising and complex—aging individuals caught distributing medication, facing the legal consequences of drug dealing.
Seniors often rely on fixed incomes and seek creative ways to supplement their financial resources. While some find part-time jobs, many are not as fortunate, especially those struggling with health issues such as arthritis. In an effort to improve their financial situation, some have entered the world of selling prescription drugs.
Organizations like AARP have identified that drug traffickers are manipulating seniors, exploiting them as a means to distribute medications. This involvement means that seniors are trapped in a difficult situation, financially allured and intimidated into continuing these illegal activities.
The focus is predominantly on pain relief medications such as oxycodone, frequently prescribed to the elderly, who are significant consumers of these drugs. With high street values, sometimes around $50 per pill, it’s no wonder why some are tempted by this avenue for extra cash.
This issue is far from victimless. The very substances peddled contribute to the devastating opioid crisis, particularly in regions like Western Pennsylvania.
Seniors, even those as old as 91, are finding that their overflow of prescribed medications, especially when they receive 90-day supplies, can turn a hefty profit. Yet many don’t understand the legal implications or health dangers of their actions. To them, it may seem like an act of assistance or a necessary step to afford living costs.
The enforcement on this matter is stern, even when courts show leniency to the elderly based on age. First-time offenses for many of these seniors draw attention from law enforcement, including the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Measures have been implemented to address the situation. For instance, in Pennsylvania, laws have been enacted to limit prescriptions in emergency care settings and monitor patients’ backgrounds to prevent prescription abuse. Despite these efforts, the draw for seniors remains strong due to the financial benefits.
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If you or someone you know is implicated in selling prescription drugs, it’s imperative to get legal support. The Beaver criminal attorneys at Logue Law Group are adept in criminal law and can assist in minimizing or negating any charges you may be facing. Reach out to us without delay at 844.PITT.DUI or visit our website to learn more.
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