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You have to speak up to protect your rights in a DUI traffic stop

You may just be trying to get home after a long day at work. You did stop off to enjoy a drink or two with friends or family, but you made sure you were okay to drive before leaving. So, you may be surprised to see flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

You pull over and wait for the officer to come to the window. Your first inclination is to defend yourself, but you may want to think again. Other than answering basic questions about your identification, you may want to take advantage of your right to remain silent.

Would it be medical malpractice to give opioids during pregnancy?

It would probably be a challenge to find someone here in New Mexico who has not heard about the opioid crisis. In 2016 alone, approximately 63,600 people overdosed on drugs, and researchers estimate that around 66 percent of them were due to opioids. 

Knowing that these medications are dangerous and could easily result in dependence and abuse, why would anyone give these drugs to a pregnant woman? You may ask yourself this question as you attempt to recover from an addiction to opioids and deal with the health ramifications to your child.

The opioid crisis isn't going to go away anytime soon

It would be difficult to find anyone in New Mexico who hasn't heard something about the dramatic increase in overdoses and deaths attributed to opioids. When pharmaceutical companies released these drugs back in the 1990s, the pharmaceutical industry gave doctors and others in the medical community assurances that they were not addictive. This prompted a significant rise in the number of prescriptions written and filled.

Opioids do an amazing job of helping patients with their pain, but those assurances about them not being addictive were completely wrong. The number of people addicted to these drugs rose to such a level that in recent years, the federal government declared it a crisis and urged doctors to slow down or even stop prescribing them. In the meantime, the pharmaceutical industry made billions of dollars at the expense of people's health and lives.

Did an intruder harm you after obtaining a key to your apartment?

When you moved into your new apartment, you may have felt like you made a very responsible decision. After all, you did not want to move into just any complex. You also wanted to move into an area that felt safe and welcoming. After a considerable amount of research, you found what you felt like was the perfect place for you, even if only temporarily.

Unfortunately, after living in your apartment for some time, you became the victim of a crime. Someone broke into your apartment to steal your possessions, and even worse, you were home at the time. The intruder caused you to suffer serious injuries, and in addition to the pain and suffering you experienced, you now fear the place you once called home.

Seeking justice after a loved one's fatal opioid overdose

Watching a family member suffer with pain from an accident or chronic illness is difficult. However, what may be even more painful is seeing that loved one grow dependent on prescription drugs. You may have felt helpless as you watched your family member sink deeper into addiction, taking more risks and losing control over his or her life.

Sadly, this is the situation in many households, and you may be among those who wonder why a doctor continued to prescribe opioids to a loved one who was obviously struggling with addiction. In fact, more doctors are facing lawsuits and criminal penalties after their patients become addicted or overdose on opioid pain medication.

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