Getting Arrested for Heroin Use in Arizona

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Heroin Laws in Arizona

Federally, heroin is classified as a schedule 1 drug along with ecstasy, L.S.D., and marijuana.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency states that “schedule 1 drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

In Arizona, heroin possession laws are just as serious. Many variables are taken into account regarding sentencing a person for heroin possession.

Because possession of heroin in Arizona is a felony, the sentence can be about 2.5 years under A.R.S. section 13-702. Repeated offenses can result in 3.75 years or more.

If you are facing a first-offense heroin charge in Arizona, there are more options. The first option should be to seek the help of a reputable attorney if you can afford it.

The second most important step you can take if you find yourself in this situation (regardless of if it’s your first time) is seeking drug and alcohol rehab.

While we can’t offer legal advice and advise you to seek a lawyer for a consultation, we can share your options for rehab with you.

Heroin Violations

  • Use or simple possession of heroin
  • Production of heroin for use or sell
  • Giving heroin to another person
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Possession of heroin manufacturing equipment
  • Transfer or transportation of heroin for sale
  • Possessing heroin through fraudulent means

Heroin Abuse Statistics Arizona

An in-depth understanding of this public health situation must help battle it. One of the key parts of Governor Ducey’s orders was creating an enhanced surveillance system.

This system aims to track and report any opioid-adjacent data so that state health officials can get important info in no more than 24 hours.

Early tracking shows that:

  • Men account for more than half of all opioid overdoses, with 59%.
  • Heroin makes up 36% of all opioid-related deaths in Arizona.
  • Opioid-related hospital visits in Arizona cost around $431 million per year.
  • People who are 25-34 years old are most likely to overdose. 
  • There was a 20% increase in opioid-related deaths from 2016 to 2018, from 800 to 949.

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