Question: What should I do about my probation? I am on probation for DUI because I got arrested in Atlanta. I was found guilty in Fulton County state court. I'm on probation for something like 12 months and I'm worried that I could violate the probation because I take methadone because I was once a heroin addict. But after medical school I straightened out and got a good job as a surgeon.
I know people who have gotten serious probation violations because they take drugs and I don't want to get into any more trouble. My wife said she'd leave me if get arrested again or put in jail. And I'm worried that my medical practice will suffer. If I go to jail I can't see patients any more.
What should I tell my probation officer? What should I do?
Answer: I must assume that you are taking properly prescribed methadone, which is a synthetic opioid. If so, you need to make your Atlanta probation officer aware of your use of the drug. It should not result in a probation violation because using properly prescribed medication is not a probation violation. Many people take all sorts of legally prescribed drugs for various maladies. Georgia law recognizes that many individuals need medications and public policy strongly favors the treatment of illness.
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