i am an insomniac, bipolar and also have been told im scitzophranic. regaurdless i am taking suboxone i have been for close to a year now i also take trazadone and or ambien for sleep along with effexor and xanax for my anxiety. acctually truth be told anxiety is my biggest problem anyways heres the story and anyone who lives in new york state knows that the laws on dwi have become alot strickter. i was unaware of that fact. but my story continues i have never even heard of a dwai untill last week when i was charged with one. now i know that the medicine that i recieve are narcotics and can be dangerouse and it is labbled on every bottle i have. so the other night i was tossing and turning and could not sleep i had already taken my trazadone but it was not helping as directed by my doctor if this happens i can take and ambien 10 mg. so i did around 5 in the morning and it worked and i slept till about 11 now when i wake up i take my morning suboxone and a 2mg xanax cause i wake up with heart palpitations almost every morning so i took my usual doses... now i live alone and have my own veicle i wait about an hour after taking my medacine now i usually dont leave my house alot but i need some food for breakfast. so still feeling fine and normal i get into my car and start to drive, while on the road i started to become increasingly dizzy and decided i needed to pull over because somthing was wrong with me so the closes place to pull over was a tire changing garage slash gas station so i pulled in and am now about close to passing out so i attempted to park my car and sit there till i felt better while parking my car i accidentally bumped in the garge door breaking a glass window on the bottom. so of course now its concidered a traffic accident so i finished parking my car took the keys out of the ignition and waited for the cops. who without question put me under arrest now this was 11am in the morning. i dont drink alchol ever because i am on so much medication. so when i got to the station they gave me a breathalizer and i blew all zeros 0.00. so i figured i would be released but they continued to hold me in there jail about an hour later a new york state highway patrol officer comes to my cell and asks me to take some test for him i agreed because i thought this is no problem i had a small accident no one was injured and i was on all of my own perscribed medacine from my doctors. so after a few test they formally place me under arrest claiming that i was under the influence of drugs which i was but only ones perscribed to me by medical proffesionals . so anyways now they have me in the news saying i was high on drugs when this accident happened and i was charged with two seperate felonys i cant believe this has happened to me. thats when the polices informed me that even if medacine is perscribed to you and is in your name you can still be held accountable. im a good guy ive had a few scraps with the law b4 but not like this i just dont see how by taking my own medacine perscribed by a doctor i could be brought up on such harsh charges... ADVICE OR OPINIONS ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!
14 Nov 2010
I am.sry.this bullsh*t happened to u. I live in SC and I don't know that they have a law like this(but I will definitely chk now.) But I think u need to get yourself a lawyer and fight the hell out of this. If anything I think the prescribing physicians should have to tell every patient abt this new law. And they put u in the paper. I think u have a nice little lawsuit on your hands... GOOD LUCK
14 Nov 2010
I don't know what to say, that is so awful for you. Even though it is quite terrible, find the best DUI attorney or criminal attorney you can. You did NOT hurt anyone and it is a shame the police did NOT take you to the hospital, something may have been wrong and that is what caused you to feel funny in the first place. I will offer Prayers for you, I promise. Also, check into what you can do about how they embarrassed you with the newstory, that invaded your privacy and could be construed as shedding negative light on your case and just creating a negative vibe for you. If you had harmed a person and were drunk, this might have been acceptable, but you have to take this medicine, a person does not have to drink. Maybe another attorney can help you with that part of this. I am glad you weren't injured, you have my Prayers.
15 Nov 2010
THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE SUBOXONE. THEY WERE CORRECT in assuming you were under the influence because you were. It wasn't just suboxone. By your own accounting you had taken trazadone and ambien at 5 in the morning and then xanax at 11 and hadn't eaten and you were dizzy. You said your usual 'doses' of xanax. How many is that? It doesn't matter if it was prescribed to you. You used poor judgment and being under the influence comes in many forms. You can have a diabetic coma, low blood pressure, migraines, whatever - it is your respnsibility to know if you are not feeling well to get off the road compleetely. You misjudges and hit something - because your judgment was impaired.you were under the influence and they probably did a blood test and can tell how much you had taken and it will be brought up - maybe to your Dr. to inquire about the amounts. You can't just knock yourself out and try to sleep away your life if you are so anxious. .
This sounds like me when I headache and was driving and swerved over a line and the police stopped me and hauled me to jail and I was screaming that I had a headache. This was true and I had a migraine and they took 3 breathalizers and all were negative - they did a blood test and proved that I had taken 'tylenol ' but I thought it unfair until I realized I "WAS" under the influence. Would you feel less horror stricken by someone who killed a family member if they said to you - OH I just took my morning meds and I guess it just hit me wrong. Or as in my case. Oh I had a migraine - well someone should say to me and you - don't drive or get the hell off the road before you kill someone. I wouldn't even own a car if I was taking that much medicine and had those diagnoses.
15 Nov 2010
hi ,as apain med user i had to sighn a letter stating if i drive or any thing like that i could not hold them responcible,IM in S.L.C, SO NOT SURE ABOUT ITthere oops, anywaythat seems like a lot of meds so please be careful.
they will probaly give you a deal on your DUI ,just try not to drive on meds.the suboxen isnt the problem it is in your body by now i to take zanex,only if needed-dont get depressed over it just a step to climb over god bless!
18 Nov 2010
Below is an answer you gave someone to help them with their anxiety. These are your words, not mine. Maybe that morning was one of the times you shouldn't have taken it since you had been skipping doses anyway. This could also be the reason you felt so dizzy and disorientated. If you were skipping doses, sometimes that next dose at the same mg may affect you differently. It may not seem so right now, but I AM trying to help you. This could be used as part of your defense too! Trust me, I know much about legaleze and lawyers. This statement alone shows a judge how much you are trying to help yourself by weening down on the addicting meds. You have a good shot at winning this.
"hi there! i think i have the perfect medacine for your anxiety that also helps with depression i take it and it helps quite a bit. i also take xanax though but theres been times when i havent taken my xanax and because i also take effexor 150 mg capsules. my axiety is managed. i hope one day to be off xanax and only on effexor which is non narcotic and alot safer. but to answer the question i would say to give the effexor a try good luck"
18 Nov 2010
The first line of your question asks for feedback and an opinion. At the end you want advice and opinions. This was my opinion and you didn't like it. You should have stated that you just wanted people to respond if they agree with you. According to you , you took your ambien at 5 in the morning, slept, then took zanax (too close to the ambien). You also said you slept until 11:00 and had the accident at 11? If you took the medicine even closer to the ambien, since you stated you waited an hour after taking the medicine you really took them close together. Or was the accident later? Your time sequence isn't correct. If you have to take that much xanax, you shouldn't be driving, period. My brother-in-law was not on any medicine, he hadn't slept the night before - sleep deprivation is another reason you shouldn't have been driving.
You were impaird, under the influence, call it what you want but you are in the wrong and you need to accept it and quit blaming other people, places and things.I can't believe that you had never heard of a DUI (driving under the influence). You said everyone in NY State knew about it but you were unaware. You also said you didn't know your meds were narcotic. I don't believe that either. You knew what they were and that is why you gave such a detailed accounting of why and when you took them - to try and convince us that you were on your 'own medicine prescribed by your Dr." I would bet they were not prescribed the way you took them and if you have that many illnesses, perhaps you should think twice about driving. It is better for you if you accept the truth and make sure this does not happen again because you were lucky this time but you or someone else might not be next time. They don't care that you couldn't sleep and o'd'd on xanax in the morning, if they wind up dead or hospitalized. None of us want people on medicine like that on the road. Taking medicine is fine if you know what it does to y ou and you do not know how to take this correctly or you wouldn't have taken ambien and zanax so close together. You said you were so dizzy you practically passed out when you hit the door. What if there had been no place to turn off? You would have been in big trouble. Just my opinion.
18 Nov 2010
I see you admit being a previous (??) known drug addict and have been in a ffew scrapes with the law. And you weren't aware that what you were taking was narcotic. You didn't know they were dangerous. You are too concerned about getting sleep and it is the medicine we take to get to sleep that causes problems. If you don't have to work, try not to worry so much about getting to sleep. It won't kill you to lose sleep oncce in awhile but if you do you shouldn't be driving. I suspect the reason you wake up with heart palpitations is due to th fact that you are on so much zanax that you go into withdrawal by morning because you take too much zanax.
18 Nov 2010
I do not live in New York and I'm not familiar with the laws, however being that you do not have a lot a money and cannot afford an attorney on your own, have you done any research on any groups that help people that are in this type of situatuation. Sometimes support groups know of attorneys that will take on pro bono work, especially if they feel that this is a case that could help them further their career & get there name out there. If that doesn't work you can sometimes research the law schools around your area, sometimes the professors will help you with your case as long as some of the law students can get involved. It is kind of like the kids that do research in wrongly convicted cases where they get people out of prison. It goes along the same line. It's worth a try looking into something like that. It sure couldn't hurt.
Also while you are doing that research you can also go through the the yellow pages, look for criminal attorneys and write them letters with your story. You may pick up a pro bono attorney that way. Hope this helps. Good luck!!
30 Nov 2010
i left a comment on hwoots answer at first i agreed with her maybe you shouldnt have been driving, but she has already stated her opinion and now is just accusing which isnt right this is a support group i gave her a thumbs down for that, but i can relate to your situation had one kinda like it not too far back but either way i marked this as a favorite and would like to know the outcome, i hope it turns out well for you
30 Nov 2010
Please add me as a friend so we can talk privately. I have to go to the dr.. I will get back to you when I get home.
I live in Pittsburgh and I will save the long story for later, but my old pain dr. told me I could be held liable for damages of any sorts if I am taking my own prescribed medications.
There is hope though, hang on. Sable
27 Jun 2011
Same laws in new jersey. I've taken ambien and done some crazy stuff that I don't remember including driving. The good news is you'll prob beat it in court cause you didn't know. Bad news is it's gonna cost for lawyer. Sorry to hear about that, it's really not fair. What do they expect us to do. Im on interferon treatment and just came off suboxone. Which was the worst thing I've ever gone through. I was on it three years also. Anyway, good luck. Ask if you have any other questions
30 Dec 2011
All of those meds mixed together sounds crazy to me! yes you can and prob will be charged with driving under the influence, you are still held responsible even tho they are prescribed, get a lawyer. On the subject of suboxone, I have taken it. My doctor prescribe 16mg a day. i chose only to take 2mg aday because why would I want to exchange one type of addictive substance (morph) for another? i took sub for a total of a month, still got dependant, it's like 40x stronger than morphine. Get off it asap, the longer you are on it, the longer the withdrawls.Good luck, sounds like you will need it.
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