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Brevard assistant state attorney accused of buying opioids

Published On: 04-05-2017 in Category: Addiction, drug abuse, drug bust

An assistant state attorney has been arrested on charges of purchasing opioid pills without prescription during a drug bust operation. John Michael Toppa III of Melbourne, who worked with the Brevard State Attorney’s Office, is said to have bought 10 pills of Roxicodone 30 mg in Rockledge City in Brevard County, Florida on March 9, 2017.

Immediately after making the purchase, Toppa, 29, was arrested by officers of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. On conducting a search of his vehicle, the officers seized three Oxycodone pills and an additional Roxicodone pill. Following his arrest, the State Attorney’s Office fired Toppa for his alleged misconduct.

The State Attorney’s Office assured complete cooperation with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation of all criminal cases to which Toppa had been assigned. According to internal sources from the State Attorney’s Office, this recent incident of firing an assistant state attorney following criminal charges was something which hadn’t happened in the past 15 years. Later, Toppa was sent to the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and buying a controlled substance.

Prescription drug abuse in Florida

The state of Florida has always been the epicenter of a prescription opioid epidemic, claiming thousands of lives across ethnicities and communities right from Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale. The truth is that in the past Florida had more pain clinics than McDonald’s restaurants.

Doctors all across the state were known to prescribe 10 times more oxycodone pills than any other American state. Owing to a lack of stringent prescribing regulations, people from all over the Southeast made it a point to visit the pain clinics for a quick remedy. Law enforcement officials largely attributed the reason for the proliferation of pill mills across Florida to the lack of a stringent system for monitoring drug prescriptions.

However, with the subsequent crackdown on the national and state-level pill manufacturing mills, it became tougher to procure prescription opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Fentanyl and other over-the-counter painkillers without producing a valid medical prescription. However, such a measure to curb prescription drug abuse actually benefitted the drug dealers who prowl the streets, selling their wares. This helped them to take advantage of the identical chemical structure and euphoria-inducing properties of heroin to smuggle the drug into the state.

Leading a drug-free life

One should understand that addiction to prescription drugs can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you or your loved one is addicted to prescription opioids or any other drugs, seek treatment immediately. The Orlando Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number at 407-545-6829 or chat online for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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