There are many different drugs that people take each day in Pennsylvania. Many of these drugs are taken due to injuries or illnesses and they are prescribed by doctors to treat the medical condition. When people take prescribed drugs, it is helpful and legal. However, many people take drugs that are not prescribed by doctors. When people use these drugs it is illegal and people could face serious consequences if they are convicted of the drug violation.
Two men were recently arrested by undercover officers from the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and charged with numerous drug violations. The two incidents are apparently not related, but both involve similar sets of facts.
For years now, public health officials, lawmakers and police have struggled with what they call an opioid crisis. As highly addictive prescription opioid drugs hit the market, they spurred a market for illegal drugs with similar chemistry and effects. Some of these drugs are very powerful, and it is easy for users to accidentally overdose, especially when they don't know exactly what they are taking. One result has been a sharp increase in drug-related deaths in Pennsylvania and many other states.