Many people don’t take drug possession seriously. They seem to think it’s OK to have small amounts of drugs on them. However, if they get caught, they can face serious penalties. In some cases, they can face felony charges.
A Maryland man was recently arrested for being in possession of heroin/fentanyl as well as marijuana. The 22-year-old man from Glen Burnie was arrested on December 2 in the 800 block of Landmark Drive. The man was sitting in a Volkswagen Jetta in an office parking lot when he was arrested by Anne Arundel County police officers.
Inside the car, police found a bag containing 26 capsules of heroin/fentanyl. They also saw a marijuana cigarette in plain view. Police discovered a bag containing a small amount of marijuana. The man was arrested and now faces drug possession charges.
Fentanyl is used legally in the medical field as a pain medication for those with certain conditions, such as cancer. However, it is more commonly found in Maryland in the illegal drug market. In its purest form, fentanyl is highly potent. In fact, it is 100 times more potent than morphine, which is a very strong pain reliever.
As in this case, fentanyl is often mixed with drugs such as heroin or cocaine to make them more potent. Because fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and undetectable by the human eye, a person can easily ingest large amounts of fentanyl and not even know it. However, even small amounts can be fatal. A fentanyl overdose can occur rather quickly and result in death. Signs of an overdose include difficulty breathing, slow breathing, sleepiness and cold, clammy skin.
Fentanyl bought on the streets is never safe. You can never tell what drugs or chemicals are found in it. It is highly addictive and people can quickly build up a tolerance to them. This means that you will have to take more and more to get any kind of effect. This can lead to an overdose. If you try to quit taking fentanyl, you need to do it slowly. Otherwise, you may go through withdrawal, which can be very uncomfortable. You may experience stomach cramps, diarrhea, muscle spasms, bone pain, irritability, nausea, weakness, sweating and difficulty sleeping.
Fentanyl is only safe to use when prescribed by a doctor and used as directed. Increasing the dose can cause you to poison yourself and die. If you or someone else is suffering from fentanyl poisoning, you can reverse the symptoms with naloxone. Seek emergency help right away.
Maryland laws are clear: you cannot use drugs without a prescription. Even marijuana use requires a doctor’s prescription. Even small amounts can result in fines and other penalties.
If you have been accused of drug possession, the Columbia drug possession lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you get a favorable outcome. Schedule a free consultation by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.
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