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Are drug searches in schools legal?

If you are a parent in Florida, then you probably have been notified that your child's school has undergone a drug search by local law enforcement. Such searches are conducted often in school around the country as a way to keep drugs out of schools. However, you may wonder just how legal these searches are.

What is drug trafficking?

There are a variety of crimes that you could be charged with if you get found with drugs by law enforcement in Florida. One of those is drug trafficking, which according to the Florida Statutes, includes any instance involving more than the set amount of a drug where you are selling, making, transporting or buying it. The amount of the drug is dependent on the type of drug. In addition, the penalty is based on the type of drug and the amount.

What you should know about drug paraphernalia

When it comes to the subject of illegal drugs, a lot of people in Florida generally only pay attention to the possessing of drugs alone. However, many Florida residents may not be aware of the prohibitions on drug paraphernalia. According to Findlaw, individuals may be arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia without actually having the drugs themselves.

Children: The real victims of opioid epidemic

It's no secret that like every other state in the nation, Florida is struggling with the opioid epidemic. While much thought and work have gone into trying to find ways to stop the spread of drug use, restrict access and help those addicted to it, there is a group that has become the silent victims of the drug. This group is the children of those who use opioids. 

Racial disparities in Florida drug crime sentencing

When it comes to drug crimes in Florida, the color of one’s skin may play a factor in the severity of sentence he or she receives. The criminal justice system is designed to prosecute all offenders equally, regardless of their sex, beliefs, creed, gender and skin color. However, the opioid crisis is causing many organizations to evaluate potential causes to develop more effective solutions. One cause involves discrimination.

What is the state of the opioid crisis in Florida?

It is no secret that there is an opioid problem throughout the whole country. These drugs are being prescribed legally and bought illegally off the street. They are highly addictive, and many illicit drugs are deadly. The overuse of prescriptions leading to addictions has been talked about a lot. There are countless orphans left behind due to the problem. It is huge, but what is happening with opioids in Florida?

What does the Federal drug policy change mean for Florida?

Recently, it was announced that the federal government was going to change its longstanding policy about state marijuana laws. This is a concern if you live in Florida and use marijuana under the state's law. What does this policy change mean for you? Could you face drug charges by legally using marijuana under state law?

How do drug convictions affect student aid?

If you get a drug conviction in Florida, it could put your college plans in jeopardy. Drug crimes can affect your eligibility for financial aid, but this is something many students do not understand or even know about. Here's some helpful information you should know before you end up putting yourself at risk of being banned from financial aid.

Can you be charged with a DUI for prescribed drugs?

Everyone knows that drunk driving and driving under the influence of illegal drugs are huge no-nos in Florida, but do you also know the risks of driving while under the influence of prescription drugs? Law enforcement can stop you and arrest you for driving under the influence of any substance, which includes prescription drugs, according to the New York Times. If you are displaying signs that you are not coherent or focused behind the wheel, expect to be pulled over. Law enforcement's main job is to protect everyone on the roadways and if you cannot drive safely, they will remove you from those roadways.

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