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The statistics are alarming. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 1 in 5 inmates in America’s local jails, state and federal prisons are incarcerated for drug offenses. These inmates are serving harsh sentences, many for nonviolent crimes such as possession. It is time that we take a step back and evaluate whether this is the most effective way to curb the drug problem in the country.

Drug Addiction is a Health Care Issue

When an individual chooses to take an illegal drug for the first time, they have no intention of becoming addicted. Most people are just curious as to the drug’s effects. Some feel pressured by friends, and others are looking for relief from mental disorders. No matter the reason, addiction begins as a result of poor choices. Drug addiction has far reaching effects, as well.

The continued exposure to dangerous ingredients found in illegal substances put the addict at risk for other health issues, such as lung disease, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. The damage is not limited to the addict, either. Families and loved ones often pay the price when it comes to their addicted loved one.

One issue with incarcerating drug addicts is the fact that prison does not solve the addiction. When inmates are released, many go back to the very drug use that landed them in prison. Often, they use the same amount of the drug they were using when they were arrested, but since they have been without the drug for some time, the body cannot handle being exposed to so much of the drug at once. This leads to overdose and death.

One way to combat this is to treat drug addicts for substance abuse disorders while imprisoned. However, The National Academy of Sciences report of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder discovered some troubling statistics. This report found that only 5% of incarcerated individuals receive medical treatment for addiction.

There is much work to be done in our criminal justice system to adequately address the issue of nonviolent offenses. If you are facing a drug charge and need representation, call the office of Richard Grossman today at (678) 358-6555 to schedule your consultation.

Posted on behalf of Richard A. Grossman, Trial Attorney

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    Richard A. Grossman, Trial Attorney

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    Based on 21 reviews

    Paul N.

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    Yolanda T.

    Attorney Grossman represented my son in a criminal case. His wisdom and advice enabled my son to keep his record clean and the charges were dropped. He is an excellent attorney and explains the court procedures and workings thoroughly. I would definitely recommend him!

    Lee T.

    Mr. Grossman recently represented me after I was arrested for drug charges. And unlike a lot of other lawyers that I observed, he did exactly everything he said he would do. There was no dishonesty or stringing along like I expected and he was very knowledgeable about everything I was experiencing. My fiance was also arrested with me and he had a not so great public defender so I got to experience lawyers from both ends of the spectrum and Mr. Grossman is definitely the best of the best. And even though he didn't have to, he would often give me advice and insight in my fiance's case as well since his lawyer wasn't always so helpful. Although having a good lawyer is very, very expensive Mr. Grossman worked with us as much as he could and it was worth every penny. He also just always seemed like he cared about my well being. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal services.

    Norbert M.

    My grandson TP, a teenager, was charged as an adult with three counts of aggravated child molestation. The charges carried a sentence of 25 years to life. We interviewed several lawyers and law firms before hiring Mr. Grossman. Mr. Grossman listened to our issues and discussed our options. We hired Mr. Grossman and he talked to TP several times before the court date was set. It took the state almost a year to bring the case to court. I live out of state and the court date kept being extended. During this extended period of time Mr. Grossman visited TP many times even on Saturdays and Sundays. He did a thorough investigation which included going to the site and interviewing witnesses. Mr. Grossman was always informed, knowledgeable and ready for whatever the state presented us with during the proceedings in or out of the court room. TP and I were always informed about what to expect and our options. During his many visits with TP Mr. Grossman helped TP mentally and made him feel secure. The jury selection by Mr. Grossman was excellent. From day one our Mr. Grossman was very impressive with a calm demeanor. However in the court room his presentation was excellent. It seemed to me, that he was the superior legal mind in the court room. It appeared Mr. Grossman had complete control of everything that happened in the court room. TP was ACQUITTED and his arrest record was expunged. We were highly impressed and always felt secure because of Mr. Grossman's actions and ethics during our ordeal. We highly recommend Mr. Grossman.

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