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What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?

What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?

Getting caught by the police could be the blessing in disguise for an addict

Opium is a natural narcotic that pharmacists synthesize into painkillers. Naturally, these drugs (opiates) are highly powerful, as they manage mild to severe pain: opiates include numerous mediations such as codeine, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone and even heroin. While the medications have proven quite effective for the treatment and reduction of pain, they also have extremely addictive qualities. These painkillers have a sedating effect that depress the user’s central nervous system, so they slow down body functions and reduce both physical and psychological pain. This experience is alluring, so people will keep chasing it in spite of the consequences.

While many people responsibly use narcotic prescriptions for pain, certain individuals may become addicted to how the medication makes them feel. The individuals who become addicted to these medications will do anything to use drugs again and again. This behavior could entail engaging in activities they once deemed inappropriate, like lying and stealing to get drugs or money. They may even sell and manufacture drugs, or exchange favors for opium. Chances are that these individuals will eventually be caught by the police either using or possessing drugs without a prescription. In that event, serious legal consequences will ensue, but those problems could serve as a wake-up call to get help for drug abuse.

Consequences of Opium Abuse

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, illegal drugs cost our society approximately $110 billion each and every year. Although the greatest cost of drug abuse is paid in human lives (either directly to overdose or through drug-related diseases), drugs cost the nation a staggering amount in medical services, police intervention, legal fees and etc. Because of the alarming amounts of drugs that are moving throughout the country, law enforcement has made punishments more severe for drug abuse, manufacturing and possession. If you or someone you love is caught by the police using drugs, then any of the following problems could happen[1]:

  • Court fines and fees
  • Incarceration
  • Probation
  • Confidential informant

Maybe a well-known businessman got pulled over and had a narcotic medication in his possession without a prescription: he now faces the unknowns of what to expect. If he was arrested at the time, then his arrest and reason for it will be public knowledge, which means his employer and business partners have a high probability of hearing or reading about the arrest. This incident could ruin any individual’s career, relationships and friendships, especially if he was trying to keep his addiction a secret.

Court fines and legal fees can reach thousands of dollars, even with plea bargains, which can lessen the individual’s charges. Add in lawyer fees, a court order to seek counseling or drug classes and the possibility of random drug testing—the cost associated with the arrest has now skyrocketed. If someone has been through the court system numerous times for drug-related arrests, then chances are that she will face jail time for many years unless the police department who arrested her decides to use her as a confidential informant. Because she had to purchase drugs from another person, police may help her either avoid legal and criminal ramifications or they will lessen the charges if she offers information about the dealer.

Loved ones are often affected by someone’s addiction, mostly due to the strain it causes financially, emotionally and physically. If the person who was arrested brought in the majority of the household’s income, then the family must now find other means to compensate for that lost income, which may be difficult in a small community where everyone is familiar with one another. This arrest could even make it difficult for the drug user’s children, because they may hear and see things in the community that affect the way they view their parent. In short, drug charges affect not only the drug user, but also his family.

Many individuals who use and abuse drugs may think they stop using drugs on their own, and they may even try to do so to avoid an arrest, but chances are that, without medical help, they will relapse due to the pain of withdrawal symptoms. Opium is a powerful drug, so quitting will take help; in other words, you will probably relapse if you try to get clean without professional support. Addiction is a disease that slowly deteriorates an individual’s life, so seek treatment for opium addiction to repair the damage your addiction has caused mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and professionally.

Opium Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one is experiencing the consequences of opium abuse and is unsure what her future holds, then please give our toll-free helpline a call. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and to help you find the best treatment available. It only takes one phone call to change an individual’s life forever, so call us now for instant help!


[1], America’s Drug Use Profile, Office of National Drug Control Policy, 12/13/15, 1999.