Utah continues to make headlines for its high population of prescription drug users, which results in a lot of overdoses, abuse, and metabolite DUIs, as well as increased illegally obtained and distributed prescription drugs. Reports claim that Utahns are prescribed more antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and pain killers than in most other states. Certainly drug dependency is a real problem. Schatz, Anderson & Associates can help people with drug problems find the help they need. Having dealt with many court-ordered treatment programs, we can recommend a facility or program for you or your loved one.
Many people do not realize that their prescription drugs can render them impaired drivers, particularly when they have not taken their prescribed medications as directed or have combined them with some other substance such as any alcoholic beverage. This can result in a metabolite DUI, also called a drug DUI. Being arrested for taking your prescribed medications can really shock a person. We’ve seen it many times, particularly in the last few years as local law enforcement have become aware of the problem’s prevalence in Utah and are cracking down on it.
Also, with the legalization of marijuana in California and now Colorado, Utah sees a lot of metabolite DUIs relating to the ingestion of marijuana. Read more about this situation here.
Another common problem in Utah is sharing or stealing prescribed medications. Routinely prescribed pain medications such as Percocet (aka Oxycodone and Acetaminophen), Demerol (aka Meperidine), Codeine, and even prescription-level Ibuprofen can cause serious, even life-threatening issues when taken by the wrong person or in the wrong way. Most people keep their medications in a place that is easy for family members and guests to access.