Opioid drug use has become an epidemic in recent years, due in large part to the generous prescription of painkillers. Opioids are a class of drugs that include illegal drugs like heroin, but also comprise prescription pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. In Texas, several counties have declared themselves in the midst of an opioid crisis. Opioid overdoses are up nearly 28 percent. Many people who take opioid drugs are trapped in the throes of addiction, often stemming from an accident or chronic pain. Texas has taken a harsh stance on the possession and distribution of opioid drugs due to the serious problem with these drugs that exists in the state. Our Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas criminal defense attorneys explain the penalties for opioid drug charges in the state and how you can defend against these charges.
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