Prescription drug charges are serious and they come with severe consequences for those who are convicted of them. Furthermore, Maryland police officers are diligent in their monitoring and enforcement programs relating to prescription drug crime in this state.
Authorities keep their eyes out for certain criminal behaviors, which could result in an investigation and an arrest. One of the things they look out for is referred to as doctor shopping. Individuals who doctor shop commonly have several physicians who they go to in order to obtain extra prescriptions for the same pharmaceutical drugs. In these situations, doctors are usually unaware that their patient is taking too much of the drug they are prescribing.
At this time, 49 states have already established or are working to establish special programs to monitor and track drug prescriptions. The idea is to use computer technology, so that doctors can look up a particular patient to see if he or she has recently been given a specific prescription by a different doctor. Furthermore, access to these databases may be given to police if they are investigating a particular person for a drug crime.
Maryland residents may want to keep in mind that police have the ability to monitor more and more of our lives and activities like this. Sometimes, individuals are convicted based on the ability of police to monitor what we do. Still, not all the evidence that police gather against a person is obtained in accordance with the law or with an appropriate warrant; in which case, the evidence will not be admissible in court.
Source: RXSafetyMatters.org, “Law Enforcement & Government: A Resource Guide to Help Stem the Illegal Trafficking of Prescription Drug Abuse,” accessed April. 23, 2015