Drug-Induced Homicide Laws: A Misguided Response to Overdose Deaths

Policymakers are understandably alarmed at the overdose crisis with which they are now confronted. The public is calling for help and solutions. Elected officials unfamiliar with, or resistant to, harm reduction, prevention, and treatment interventions, however, are introducing punitive, counter-productive legislative measures that allow prosecutors to charge people who provide the drugs that ultimately contribute to an overdose death with homicide.

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