Addicted and Convicted

If two people addicted to opioids help each other acquire drugs, and one of them dies of an overdose from those drugs—should the other be charged for murder?

Yes, say a growing number of US prosecutors.

These “overdose homicide” charges can also be a comfort to families looking to hold someone—other than their loved one—accountable for their tragic death.

But this growing trend is rooted in 1980s tough-on-drugs statutes with a less-than-stellar legacy of failing to deter drug use and sales and landing low-level offenders in prison.

But is it fair—or productive—to prosecute enablers who are addicted themselves? 

The New Yorker

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