They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?

Number 28040
Subject Drugs
Source New York Times
Year 2018
Publication Date May 25, 2018
Summary This was a year-long investigation of the prosecution of accidental drug overdoses as homicides. It is the first and only story to attempt to quantify the national scale of this emerging trend using court data. It also involved a review of 82 individual cases in Pennsylvania to examine where defendants fit on the user-dealer continuum and whether they were drug users themselves.
Category Contest Entry
Keywords drug overdoses, Len Bias Law, homicide, accidental overdose, heroin, opioids, pain pills, drug users, drug-induced homicide, Pennsylvania
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