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Wisconsin Woman Sentenced to Prison for Prescription Drug Charges

Many people are aware of the consequences for possessing or selling illegal drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. But just as punishable are drug charges that involve prescription drugs. Being convicted of a drug crime can yield serious penalties that will affect your future.

A Wisconsin woman was sentenced last week to serve a prison sentence for first-degree reckless homicide. She is believed to have provided a prescription drug to a woman who died after an overdose. Police are also investigating her involvement in two other fatal drug overdoses that occurred last year.

One of the deaths involved her fiancée who was living with her at the time. He had struggled with prescription drug abuse in the past. His death was linked to multiple substances that were found in his bloodstream. The other death was of a man who was found unconscious at the woman's home after overdosing on cocaine.

Even at this point, investigators do not know how great of an impact the prescription drugs had in causing the overdose. In two of the cases, there were other illegal substances that played a part. To what extent, it is currently unknown.

In those same two situations, the woman's prescription drugs were involved. When she was initially arrested, officers found a shocking amount of prescribed drugs in her home. However those drugs had been prescribed be the woman's doctor.

This raises a question. Is the doctor also partially responsible for the fatal drug overdose? In the case of prescription drugs, there are many people that play roles in someone eventually getting the drug. There are the drug-makers, the doctors, and health clinics involved. If they violate a rule by prescribing too much or failing to control distribution, should they also face penalties?

The woman has been charged to nine years in prison for one of the deaths. She is currently still under investigation for the death of her fiancée and the man found in her home.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online, "Germantown woman gets 9 years in drug overdose case," Bruce Vielmetti, 23 November 2010

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