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Fentanyl Charges in IllinoisFentanyl is a level II prescription drug used to treat patients who are recovering from surgery or those with chronic pain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Increasingly, however, fentanyl is used for recreational purposes. It works by binding opioid receptors in the brain and increasing serotonin levels, bringing on a state of calm euphoria. Fentanyl, which is a pain killer 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is similar to other opioid pain medications in that it is incredibly addictive. And, overdoses are becoming ever more common due to pharmaceutical companies pushing this highly addictive drug. In fact, 28,648 Americans died in 2014 due to opioid overdoses (including fentanyl) and heroin, which is another opioid derivative, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, the penalties you face for fentanyl possession, intent to sell, or distribution are severe--even more severe than drugs such as cocaine and heroin. If you have been charged with an opioid crime, such as possession, sales, or intent to distribute fentanyl, you need the assistance of an experienced drugs crime attorney at once.

Rising Death Toll Across Illinois Increases Penalties of Fentanyl Crimes

Deaths caused by synthetic opioids rose by 73 percent across the nation in the past five years, according to The Pantagraph. In Illinois, deaths from opioids rose by 120 percent in that time period. The cause for the severe increase in addictions that lead to deaths is likened to poor prescription drug monitoring systems, misleading labels and information about prescription drugs, and dishonest and aggressive pharmaceutical sales. However, it is not the pharmaceutical industries that are held accountable for these addictions. Instead, it is the user that will be stuck with the physical, financial, and legal consequences. Illinois is cracking down on illegal fentanyl possession, possession with intent to sell, and distribution.

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Defending Against Illinois Drug Possession ChargesA conviction for drug possession can have a tremendous impact on your life, affecting everything from your family to your job to your educational opportunities. Aside from the fact that you now have a drug offense in your history that will appear in any criminal background check, a conviction on a drug offense may bar you from certain government benefits in the future and impede your ability to support yourself and your family. While the penalties for drug possession differ under Illinois law according to the type and amount of drug, as well as other related factors, even a first-time conviction for any drug offense can have negative effects on your future.

Defining Drug Possession Under Illinois Law

In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to possess, sell, distribute, or manufacture any amount of certain illegal drugs. Possession is the most simple drug offense under Illinois law; the state can charge you with a crime if you possess any amount of any illegal drug.

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