Criminal Penalties for Possession of Oxycodone
Possession of Oxycodone is a serious crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C outlines the penalties for possession of Oxycodone. Oxycodone is a Class B Substance in Massachusetts. A conviction for illegal possession of Oxycodone carries the following penalties:
- 1st Offense: Up to 1 year in a House of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $1,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
- 2nd Offense: Up to 2 ½ years in a House of Corrections or County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. An additional fine of $150 to $500. Loss of drivers license for 1 year.
Drug Facts About Oxycodone
Oxycodone is a narcotic opioid pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain relief. Oxycodone is often compared to hydrocodone. Both are pain killers but oxycodone is almost 50% stronger than hydrocodone. Oxycodone is the primary component in several other painkiller drugs.
- Oxycontin is a brand name drug that contains oxycodone
- Percocet is a brand name drug that contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen
- Percodan is a brand name drug that contains a combination of oxycodone and aspirin
The Federal Drug Administration has listed oxycodone as a Schedule II drug since the early 1970’s. The FDA classifies drugs like heroine as Schedule I drugs because they are illegal and don’t have any medical use. Schedule II drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are legal and have valid medical uses but they also have a very high potential for being abused.
Oxycodone comes in capsules and tablets ranging from 5 mg to 30 mg, though 40 and 80 mg extended-release dose tablets exist as well. Oxycodone tablets are generally taken orally, though they are often crushed or ground up to remove the pill’s extended-release coating. But this can be very dangerous as it causes the drug to released all at once into the body.
Oxycodone is highly physically and mentally addictive, and tolerance builds up quickly, resulting in the need for higher doses to get the same effects. Withdrawal symptoms from Oxycodone are severe and are best dealt with at a drug rehabilitation clinic or under the supervision of a doctor. They include aches and pains, insomnia, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, headache, diarrhea, runny nose, fever, and other flu-like symptoms.
Experienced Drug Charges Oxycodone Distribution/Possession Defense Attorneys
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