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Los Angeles Drug Crimes - Not Just For Illegal Drugs

Posted on: April 7, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.

Whenever someone reads in a newspaper or website that someone was arrested for a Los Angeles Drug Crime, they usually think of such illegal drugs as crack, marijuana, heroine or some other illegal narcotic. However, a growing area of drug law in the city is pharmaceuticals, and lawyers are spending more and more time defending people charged with possession and distribution of such "drugs."

A recent, high profile example of someone involve in a Drug Crime that involved prescription medications is recently deceased actor Corey Haim, who allegedly died due to an overdose of pharmaceutical drugs. Haim obtained at least 553 pills of powerful prescription drugs from seven different doctors, and as many pharmacies, according to a recent investigation. Few would think that a doctor could be arrested, but obviously this story may mean that doctors will have to pay close attention to the drugs their patents are ingesting.

In this alleged Crime, investigators stated that Haim obtained almost 200 tablets of Valium, almost 200 tablets of Soma and almost 150 tablets of Vicodin, as well as some Xanax. Each of these pills is powerful enough on its own, let alone taken in great quantities, and/or taken in conjunction with other pills. The state of California is examining as many as 5,000 illegal prescriptions throughout California, bringing legal drugs charges.

For Defense Attorneys, this may mean representing doctors in Drug Crime trials. Perfectly respectable professionals with strong track records of treating patients could be charged if it is thought they contributed to the death of a patient due to negligence or poor follow up. A doctor could be held liable for treating someone's illness if they prescribe a prescription drug.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a Drug Crime, contact Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin. We have years of experience defending individuals charged with drug crimes in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Van Nuys and throughout Southern California.

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