The law deals with illegal drugs in terms of Weight (what amount), Intent (to sell or use) and other Crimes Included (any other criminal activity during the arrest, such as Possession of Paraphernalia). Some of these charges are FELONY level. Additionally, there are hefty fines, court costs and lawyers fees.
HOWEVER, for MINORS (those under 18) the consequences can be much more disastrous. Not only do you risk fines and juvenile detention, students can lose privileges, such as being kicked off teams and other extra-curricular activities, and even scholarships after only ONE mistake.
Celebrations, gatherings, special parties and other festive activities can be dangerous if you drink and drive. For some teens, their best days can become their last days. Drunk or buzzed driving, accidental overdoses, and suicide are the leading causes of teen death, especially during a holiday season. For more information, check out these resources.
Driving is not a right, it is a privilege. Do your part by not letting friends drive while buzzed. It could save their life, or the life of the person they might wreck into.
We all have stressful times. If you have a friend who may be contemplating suicide, the most important thing you can do is show them that they matter and even if they think no one else cares, YOU CARE.
Weed, Pot, Grass, Dope, Reefer, Herb, Chronic, Herb, Hash, Ganja. These are all names for the same substance, MARIJUANA. There are good arguments that marijuana can have medicinal purposes and legal marijuana use in adults is becoming more and more mainstream. However, it is still an illegal substance according to current Tennessee law. Debates on whether Marijuana should be legalized continue, Like tobacco use legislation, marijuana is likely to be restricted for minors if it should become a legal substance.
Without legalization and with no control of its manufacture, marijuana today has become a risky drug. This is widely known throughout law enforcement where overdoses are becoming more frequent. People risk their life with illegal street drugs and with today's marijuana. The weed in circulation today is not that of the 70s, 80s and 90s. More and more often, law enforcement are finding marijuana laced with fentanyl and other drugs to enhance the high. Sometimes that mixture is LETHAL and we've seen Fentanyl-related deaths in every county in the 24th District (Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties).
It may sound like the plot of a movie, but lethal doses of Fentanyl are being found throughout West Tennessee mixed with other drugs.
Fentanyl can be a powder, a solid, or a liquid. It cannot be tasted or smelled, and a tiny amount can prove to be deadly.
Fentanyl is 100 X stronger than Heroine. It only takes a very small amount (2 milligrams) of Fentanyl to kill an adult. That's the size of the nose on the face of a penny.
Heroin and Fentanyl are both powerful opioids and are classified as a Schedule 1 drug of controlled substances. Manufacturing, Delivering, Selling or Possessing a Schedule 1 Substance is a Class B Felony which can lead to a sentence of 8-30 years and fines up to $100,000.
Do you know where that pot originated? Are those pills really safe to get high with? Where are these drugs really from? China? Mexican Cartels? Terrorists trying to hurt Americans? How can you be sure?
Can you trust that the marijuana or pills you just bought isn't laced with enough Fentanyl to stop your breathing and your heart? It only takes 2 milligrams to kill you
Are you willing to gamble your life by taking a toke on your friend's joint? Or trusting someone else's word that those drugs are just fun? Several people in every county of the 24th Judicial District have taken that risk and blindly trusted their friend or dealer. They never lived to see the next morning.
Think an accidental overdose on FENTANYL can’t happen to you?
If you didn’t get a drug from a verified pharmacy, it could contain Fentanyl.