Drug Policy

Prosecutors Target Drug Dealers for Users' Overdose Deaths

Anything to make them feel like they're winning


With the number of heroin overdoses skyrocketing nationwide, a growing number of law enforcement agencies are dusting off strict, rarely used drug laws, changing investigatory techniques and relying on technology to prosecute drug dealers for causing overdose deaths.

The aggressive change in tactics comes as more people turn to heroin because of crackdowns on powerful prescription opiate painkillers that make them more expensive and inaccessible. The popular prescription drug OxyContin has also been reformulated to make it difficult to crush and snort, making it less desirable on the street, law enforcement officials said.

Nationwide, the number of people who said they have used heroin in the past year skyrocketed by 66 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The number of people who died of overdoses and had heroin present in their system jumped 55 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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  1. butterflybesos9
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    Hey Y’all I am re-posting this from the link, there are actually libertarian-minded folk out there among the unwashed masses! Let’s party and celebrate! -SQRLSY One … Re-post follows…

    sorry but if you’re a junkie you are responsible for being a junkie. EVERYBODY knows that heroin is deadly and addictive. If you choose to shoot up or snort it then it’s your own damn fault. Only if someone forces the drugs into another person should they be held responsible.

  2. Hey Y’all? How about a Modest Proposal? If the purveyors of Death are to be charged when we over-indulge in something to the point of killing ourselves, how about excessive speed on the highways? Whenever that happens, charge GM (Government Motors) that provided the LITERAL vehicle of death, AND those dastardly builders of government-funded highways! And those who benefit from gasoline sales! (Think gas taxes now). Oh, wait, I forgot? What is good for the goose, is NOT good for the Government Almighty gander? Sorry?

    1. True, the rules do not apply to the government. I could, however, picture a scenario where junk food manufacturers are held responsible whenever someone dies of an obesity-related illness. I’m sure it would be the centerpiece policy of a Nanny Bloomberg presidential administration, assuming he still has presidential ambitions.

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