Philadelphia residents who are pulled over for a traffic stop may wonder if police officers are allowed to search their vehicles without a warrant. According to an article by RT.com, last year it became legal for law enforcement to conduct warrantless vehicle searches in Pennsylvania. Previously, authorities were required to obtain a warrant before they could search someone’s car for drugs or other illegal items, or they needed a car owner’s consent to search.
The United States Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, but this right typically applies only to a person’s home or place of business. Until recently, however, authorities in Pennsylvania were required to obtain a warrant from a judge before searching a vehicle for evidence of a drug crime, sex crime, or even drunk driving.
Illegal drug use in Pennsylvania is on the rise. Last year, there were more than 55 drug overdose deaths in Washington County alone. Some people may not realize that many people turn to prescription pills to satisfy their addictions, often by shopping for multiple doctors to write prescriptions.
Some Pennsylvanians may think that they can identify drug dealers and drug ring operators, but sometimes they are more difficult to detect. In some cases, people who are arrested for drug trafficking appear harmless to most people, making their drug rings even more difficult to uncover.
When people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere become addicted to controlled dangerous substances such as heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, it affects not only themselves but also their loved ones. Oftentimes, parents of young children find themselves addicted to these substances, and they may face serious consequences that sometimes separate them from their families.
Drug overdoses claim the lives of far too many Pennsylvanians. One reason for the uptick in overdoses related to heroin use is the purity of the heroin itself, which can be as high as 80 percent. Also, some data shows that the rise in prescription drug abuse is also contributing to increased heroin use.
Drug addictions are often powerful enough to cause serious harm to a person’s career ambitions, personal relationships, and self-worth. When people serve jail sentences for a drug crime, they may be unable to support their families, and after they leave prison, it may be difficult to restart their careers. Fortunately, some officials in Pennsylvania are working to help people overcome their addictions to prescription drugs so that they will be less likely to face drug charges in the future.
Even when Pennsylvania doctors establish a rapport with their patients, it’s important for them to follow all of the proper procedures for writing and filling their patients’ prescriptions. If they bend some of the rules, it could raise suspicions about the way that they are distributing prescription drugs. Some people manipulate doctors and even go shopping for multiple doctors to write prescriptions.