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Heroin Overdose – Who is Responsible?

This week in Michigan, an 18 year old woman drug dealer sold heroin to a 24 year old man, who later died from what was determined to be a drug overdose. The man was an addict, not a first-time user, who apparently was stuck in a pretty serious drug addiction.

The young woman was arrested shortly after his death and is now being charged on two counts, “delivering a drug causing death and delivery of heroin”. The maximum punishment for these two counts is life in prison. Could you imagine? You’re a drug dealer (and quite possibly an addict as well) one day, and the next, you’re in jail for the rest of your life. And, to top it off, you’re only 18 years old! Just a kid…

I absolutely think that there should be consequences for dealing heroin. It’s against the law, it kills people left and right and it’s an inhumane choice of profession. With that said, who should be held accountable for the addict’s death? I’d have to say it was ultimately the addict who took his own life through the use of illegal drugs.

There are so many people out there who experiment with and use heroin (or other harmful illegal drugs) and ruin their lives and those of their families every day. It’s a poor choice that they make that leads them down a very bad path. There isn’t a single good reason to choose that life. But, they choose it for themselves and it’s their responsibility.

So, should the young woman spend the rest of her life in prison for killing the addict? Or should she spend time in jail for dealing illegal drugs? It’s a tough choice for law enforcement officials who obviously don’t want people to die of drug overdoses and they don’t want to send messages to other drug dealers to lessen the severity of this type of crime. I’d say that she should be punished, of course, but she didn’t kill the young man. He did that on his own, and now his family is left without him and mourning their loss. My condolences go out to them.

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