It happens every day throughout Pennsylvania and the country as a whole — teens meet after school or on the weekends at local parks, in basements or at parties to smoke marijuana or get high on other controlled substances together. If you are like most parents, you say, “Not my kid,” but the truth is, teens can access drugs easier than ever before. According to Psychology Today, a large number of teens report having drugs brought right to their front doors while their parents are home. Others admit to buying their drugs on the internet and receiving them via mail. If law enforcement catches your teen sharing his or her drugs, the state may not charge him or her with simple possession. Rather, your teen may face drug distribution charges.

If your child shares his or her controlled substances with a friend or acquittance, the state may charge him or her with the same charges it would levy against a drug dealer. This is the case regardless of how your teen obtained the drugs and is true even if your teen just gives the drugs away and does not sell them.

What is even more frightening is if a recipient of your teen’s narcotics overdoses. If an overdose occurs, the state may bring homicide charges against your adolescent. According to findings from a New York Times reports, which Psychology Today shares, the state and the victim’s family can bring overdose charges against anyone who is party to the crime, including friends, parents and siblings. Depending on the outcome of the overdose, your teen may face murder charges.

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