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Possession Accounts for Majority of Texas Drug Arrests

By Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law  Jul. 3, 2013 3:43p

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJS), a group which is working to reduce the state's over-reliance on incarceration, published the following facts and statistics in a report dated 30 October 2012:

  • 7 million people (2.7 percent of the U.S. population) were found to be nonmedical users of psychotherapeutic drugs which are those targeted for the nervous system;
  • The most commonly abused drugs in order of frequency are pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives;
  • Since 2000, nonmedical use of prescription drugs has jumped by 80 percent;
  • The leading cause of accidental deaths for adults aged 45 to 54 is prescription drug overdose;
  • Prescription drug abuse accounted for close to 1 million emergency room visits in 2009;
  • 90 percent of all drug arrests in Texas are related to possession of a controlled substance as opposed to drug distribution;
  • Treatment programs combined with community supervision is five times less costly to the state than sending a person to jail or prison after a drug conviction.

The TCJS recommends treatment programs combined with community supervision for those convicted of drug possession as opposed to the more expensive proposition of incarceration. Their report goes on to state that treatment is a better solution due to its higher level of effectiveness in terms of eliminating future crime, repeat jail or prison terms, and cost to the state. The TCJS reports that Texas faces a risk of prison overcrowding if it continues on in its current statistical trend in regards to drug arrests.

According to many research entities, such as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) prescription drug abuse has grown to epidemic proportions, not only in Texas, but across the nation.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Drug Crimes in Houston

As prescription drug abuse has increased, more and more Texans are facing prescription drug crimes, such as prescription fraud, robbing pharmacies, doctor shopping, and more. These are serious accusations which can result in incarceration, heavy fines, probation, and a future with a permanent criminal record. Being convicted of crimes related to prescription drugs can ruin careers as well as hamper future employment opportunities. Those in this position need skilled and committed legal support and guidance if they are to obtain the best possible case results.

Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law, is dedicated to helping clients facing such legal problems in and around Houston. Mr. Morasch is a former prosecutor with substantial experience in handling all types of drug crimes, whether they are related to prescription drugs or other controlled substances. He understands that bad things can happen to good people and will work diligently on your behalf. His firm is available 24/7 to take your call. Let him use his extensive legal experience to help you. Contact the firm to arrange for a consultation immediately following any type of drug arrest in Houston today.

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