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A bill signed into law Monday by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) will allow prosecutors to charge drug dealers with second-degree murder in cases involving deaths from drug overdose.
The bill is said to be a major step toward eliminating the ongoing opioid crisis, which costs the nation over $78 billion each year.
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Reports state that felons could face up to 40 years of prison time if convicted.
Law enforcement officers said the law, referred to as the “death by distribution” act, is necessary to convict high-level drug dealers.
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However, the law also has a Good Samaritan clause that protects doctors and pharmacists who prescribe opioids for legitimate medical reasons.
Cindy Patane, who lost her son to an opioid overdose in 2016, said she wants her son’s drug dealer charged with murder.
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“That’s the only way you can fix it. You just want accountability,” Patane said during an interview in 2018. “Somebody did this to my boy. Just because Matt made a bad choice doesn’t make your crime less of a crime. Matt had consequences....
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