If you take a prescription drug for a common medical ailment, you might know someone else that takes either the same thing or another comparable drug. If you've forgotten your prescription or you've been in a situation where your illness has struck at an inopportune moment, you might have even taken your friend or family member up on their offer of one of their pills in hopes that your condition would improve.
Some Connecticut state legislators are working to legalize marijuana for recreational use in our state. Currently, it's legal only for medicinal purposes. Eight states as well as Washington, D.C. have thus far legalized recreational marijuana, including our neighbors in Massachusetts.
Marijuana has been widely reported to have positive medical benefits for people suffering from a number of conditions. However, it still remains illegal under federal law, and state laws vary significantly.
A Connecticut man is in serious legal trouble after being arrested in Maryland for allegedly having 124 pounds of marijuana in his minivan. He's facing charges unique to that state -- being a "drug kingpin."
Yet another type of opioid is gaining popularity here in Connecticut -- so much so that the Department of Public Health has distributed a fact sheet from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to local Connecticut emergency medical services on the drug.
Prescription drugs that used to be chiefly prescribed to children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are increasingly be used and abused by adults. They've become especially popular amount high school and college students (particularly those in elite, highly competitive universities) seeking the energy they need to juggle schoolwork, extracurricular activities and often part-time jobs or internships. In addition, they face the pressure of crushing student loan debt in an economy where unemployment rates for recent college graduates has been quite high.
The laws involving marijuana are varied and ever-changing across the country. Here in Connecticut, as in a number of states, it is legal for medical purposes, although with numerous regulations attached. However, even in states where it has been legalized for recreational use (with possibly more to come after the November election), it's still completely illegal under federal law.
Greenwich has more than its share of extremely wealthy residents. However, that doesn't put them above the law. Harry Brant, the son of a billionaire businessman Peter Brant and former model Stephanie Seymour, is facing charges involving drug possession and resisting arrest late last month after he allegedly failed to pay his cab fare of $27.85.
The Northeast, like other parts of the country, has been impacted by an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses. Within recent weeks, New Haven, Connecticut, has seen multiple opioid overdoses -- three of them fatal.
Your doctor gives you a prescription for a painkiller. He or she fails to list any refills. On the way to the pharmacy, you just scrawl in a number. You're going to get it renewed, anyway. Why not just save time? While you're at it, why not increase the dosage? You really could use something stronger than what you've been taking. What's the harm?