Charging ‘Dealers’ With Homicide: Explained

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From The Appeal: “Without any evidence that drug-induced homicide cases prevent dealers from dealing or users from using, this punitive tactic has become a favorite tool among prosecutors. Feeling pressure from communities in crisis to ‘just do something’ about overdose deaths, prosecutors landed on this legal mechanism. Despite these harsh sentences, overdose deaths have continued to steadily rise.

Initially crafted during the ‘tough on crime’ era of the ’80s and ’90s, drug-induced homicide provisions were intended for kingpins and major traffickers. Today, friends, family members, and as in Smith’s case, romantic partners of the overdose victim are all potential targets, effectively stretching the definition of a dealer beyond recognition. Even if a state does not have a drug-induced homicide statute on the books, prosecutors can often deploy criminal law in some form that turns an accidental overdose into homicide or manslaughter.

In the face of a massive drug crisis, substance use disorder experts, politicians, and law enforcement officials have rallied for a public health approach to the crisis rather than a law-and-order crackdown. But this more sympathetic method runs counter to old, punitive habits preferred by President Trump, who at a rally in March said, ‘If we don’t get tough on drug dealers, we are wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty.’

This explainer will explore why the rising popularity of drug-induced homicide prosecutions is a disturbing reaction to the opioid crisis, and how these cases compound the tragedies that overdoses have already caused communities across the country.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Eli Lilly killed 200,000 people with Zyprexa http://whale.to/a/zyprexa_h.html

    Why don’t we start with prosecuting them ??

    On the opiate front it makes sense to prosecute dealers for overdose death cause the real goal with the opiate epidemic is to kill off as many people as possible and they know many people will avoid or delay getting help for overdose victims if the cops are going to get involved.

    I have to add this to my thread https://www.madinamerica.com/forums/topic/is-the-opiate-epidemic-a-planned-holocaust-to-kill-off-undesirables/

    • I agree, the Zyprexa people belong in jail, which apparently includes the Bushes. Gosh I was drugged in 2001 because I knew the wrong people were in charge back then. I was right, even eventually declared “insightful,” by my idiot psychiatrist, once he finally bothered to look at my work.

      My oh my, I’ve got all the people in my childhood church now in a tizzy, because they did a show of my art, and I’ve got truth speaking art work, and they can’t handle the truth. They had delusions the artists were stupid. No, no, no, the artists are the people who utilize both sides of our brains. Time to incorporate, got a meeting with my lawyer on Thursday.

      But all the doctors prescribing the opioids, under different names, while lying to their patients claiming the opioids are “safe pain meds,” also deserve to be charged as “dealers.” I think, cat, we’re dealing with an American “opium war,” a repeating of the worst of history – both a repeating of the Chinese opium wars, and the Nazi psychiatric holocaust has turned into an American – or all of Western civilization – psychiatric holocaust.

      Although I don’t think it’s so much about “a planned holocaust to kill off undesirables,” as a planned holocaust to kill off all the insightful and intelligent people of America.

      “‘If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts.’ —George H.W. Bush”

      As to the history of the Bush banking family:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6NAMJ68DEU

      I do believe being “globalists” is the same thing as being traitors to America. Although, back to the article, I do not believe having private prisons, and mass incarceration of the opioid addicts is wise. But the dealers, including the lying physicians, yes, they should be incarcerated. They’re hypocrites who promised they’d “first and foremost do no harm,” and did tons of harm. They’re the third leading killers of Americans today.

      http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf
      http://cepuk.org/2015/05/13/third-leading-cause-death-heart-disease-cancer-experts-debate-harmful-effects-psychiatric-medications/