The new practice offers legal, therapeutic, and independent treatment,
advice, and counsel for families in Columbus, and people are taking notice.
The heroin addiction epidemic is nothing new, but programs like The Koffel
Law Firm’s preventative law practice are surprisingly sparse. The
idea behind this revolutionary new practice is surprisingly simple: proactively
help drug-addicted individuals before they are arrested.
Founding attorney Brad Koffel teamed up with former Franklin County drug
court judge Scott VanDerKarr to start the preventative law practice within
the firm’s traditional criminal law practice. The two are quickly
becoming recognized as trailblazers in the pursuit of breaking the cycle
of heroin addiction.
Over the past two decades, Koffel’s firm has handled hundreds of
drug cases. What he saw was a growing epidemic of juveniles and young
adults becoming addicted to heroin, in large part, after becoming addicted
to prescription painkillers.
There are almost more painkiller prescriptions than there are people in
Ohio, and that’s troubling for a number of reasons. One being that
by the time the prescription expires, the patient is addicted. Pharmaceuticals
like painkillers are often difficult to access through alternative means,
and expensive. It’s this realization that temps many Ohioans to
turn to heroin, which is scarily cheap and accessible.
VanDerKarr says that Ohioans, especially suburbanites, can sometimes have
a “not in my neighborhood” mentality. This belief is dangerous,
and often results in turning a blind eye to the signs of drug addiction.
No one is immune to this problem, so the firm is urging anyone who has
a loved one exhibiting behavior that could indicate addiction to get in
touch with the preventative law practice.
Read the full article in the ABA Journal –
‘Preventative law’ practice aims to stem the tide of heroin addiction