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Are teens who share drugs considered drug dealers?

The New York Times spent several months examining fatal drug overdoses that led to homicide charges in several states. The effort included Pennsylvania, where one in four people charged with a drug crime is under the age of 25.

A teenager can be charged as a drug dealer in many states, even if they were giving the illegal substance away to a friend and regardless of how they got it. Homicide charges can result in the case of an accidental overdose.

How do teens gain access to illegal drugs?

Smartphones have opened a world of opportunity for teenagers to find illegal drugs for sale. Teens often get drugs by:

  • Pooling their money
  • Those with access to drugs use, sell or share them
  • Prescription drugs stolen from parents and grandparents

Low street cost for prescription drugs is a factor

Along with easy access, relatively low costs make many popular prescription drugs attainable for teenagers. In Pennsylvania, some of the average prices are:

  • Adderall: $10 per 30mg pill
  • Xanax: $9 per 2mg pill
  • Vyvanse: $2 per 20mg pill
  • Hydrocodone: $2 per 5mg or 325mg pill

Seek legal help if your child is charged with a drug crime

Being charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime can be devastating to anyone’s future, especially a teenager. A drug conviction can bring fines, jail time and lead to a child being unable to find a job or accepted into college. An experienced criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania can protect a teen's rights by making sure authorities followed correct procedures, and work to provide the best possible outcome for your child’s future.

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