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Drug Lawyer Reno To Doctors: “Be Prudent When Prescribing Opioids”

Drug Lawyer Reno To Doctors: “Be Prudent When Prescribing Opioids”

When you think of a drug dealer, what do you imagine? Probably not someone wearing a white lab coat and writing in a prescription pad. However, doctors are coming under increased scrutiny for their role in prescribing drugs as our country grapples with an opioid epidemic. In this blog post Richard P. Davies, a drug lawyer in Reno, weighs in on the opioid epidemic and what doctors can do to protect themselves from criminal charges. What are opioids? Opioids are medications that relieve pain like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl. Opioids have a similar chemical composition to opiates like morphine, codeine, heroin, and opium. Opioids are excellent for minimizing pain, but are unfortunately very addicting. If opioids are legal, then why is everyone talking about them? There is a slippery slope when it comes to prescribing opioid medications. Opioids are an effective pain killer, which is why doctors prescribe them. However, opioid medications become a problem when patients become addicted to them. How many pills must one person take in order to become addicted? We may never know the answer to that question, which is why doctors must think twice about their dosage recommendation when prescribing opioid medications. When a doctor prescribes more opioid medication than what is needed, complications may arise. The patient may take more medication than they need, opening the door to dependence and addiction. Patients may also inadvertently become part of the problem by leaving an unfinished bottle of opioids in the cabinet for a child or friend to find and experiment with. The doctor’s office is usually the first place that opioid addicts visit. If the person cannot find a doctor...
Keep Your Cool During Hot August Nights: Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Keep Your Cool During Hot August Nights: Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

And by Hot August Nights, I don’t mean those scorching nights in the height of summer when cases of heat stroke are imminent (on that note, I advise that you all stay hydrated!). By Hot August Nights, I am of course referring to the annual summer event where hundreds of people descend upon Reno for a week of Show-n-Shines, nostalgia, entertainment, and revelry. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hot August Nights, so it’s bound to be bigger, better, and most likely, a little rowdier than before. Over the years, law enforcement in Reno have done a tremendous job keeping Hot August Nights revelers safe; both residents and tourists have also been on their best behavior. In 2014, the Reno Police Department reported 14 arrests, a 40% decrease from the previous year. In 2015, that number was even lower: Just 5 arrests. While we want to keep the troublemaking down to a minimum (or none at all), things happen. You get drunk, you get riled up, and soon you find yourself getting detained for your own protection. As a criminal defense attorney in Reno, I’ve seen it happen time and again: people getting arrested, being charged with misdemeanors, or being taken into civil protective custody, so trust me when I say that staying out of trouble at events like Hot August Nights is something that can and should be avoided. Don’t Drink and Drive It’s Hot August Nights; of course you’re going to drink! Here’s the thing, though: With hundreds of people flocking to Reno during this weeklong event, the Reno Police Department is serious about taking drunk drivers...
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