When many of us in Monmouth County hear the term “prescription drug abuse,” we think of people using painkillers and other addictive prescription medications to get high. Those are not the only drugs to be criminalized in New Jersey, however. The government also has made it a crime to have Suboxone, a medication that is used in breaking opioid addictions. It is surprising that something that is used to help people overcome addiction has been criminalized, but a Middletown woman is now facing a drug possession charge for having a single tablet of Suboxone.
Many of the legislators in this state who are passing such strict drug crimes laws rely on rhetoric that paints a picture of rampant drug addiction and a damaged society. If legislators are so concerned about drug addiction, however, why have they criminalized one of the drugs designed to help someone overcome addiction?
The 22-year-old woman was stopped by police earlier in the month. Officers claim to have found both the Suboxone and two pieces of wax paper with heroin. The young woman is now facing two third-degree charges and is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. Her bail was set at $20,000.
If anyone thought that we weren’t in a war on drugs, legislation that both decries drug addiction and criminalizes the medicine used to treat it proves it. If lawmakers truly want to prevent people from being addicted to drugs, they need to stop making it so hard to get over them.
Source: Middletown Patch, “Middletown Woman Charged With Heroin Possession,” Gregory Kyriakakis, Dec. 23, 2013