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Sharing drugs can be treated like selling them

Teens in Florida and other states have many different ways in which they can access controlled substances. According to a CNN poll of teens in high school, 24 percent of respondents admitted to using marijuana in the past year. In addition to smoking marijuana, teens may vape or use oil pens to conceal their activity. In many cases, teenagers will pool their money together to purchase a drug. They may also take whatever happens to be available at home or available through a friend or other source.

It is important to note that a person can be charged with a crime whether he or she sells drugs or gives them away. A homicide charge could be brought against anyone who supplied drugs to someone who overdosed from them. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the potential consequences of sharing or selling controlled substances.

It may also be a good idea to have a child drug tested to ensure that he or she is not using a controlled substance. Parents can also talk to someone at their child's school about increasing awareness of the impact of drug use and create a drug awareness program. If a child is using, a talk from someone who has experienced the negative consequences of doing so can be effective in getting the child to stop.

As a general rule, drug crimes could result in an individual spending time in jail or prison. Charges could be enhanced if a person supplies another person with a substance that the victim overdoses on. Those who are charged with a crime may wish to hire legal counsel. An attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal or take other steps to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a case.

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