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Charges Related to Drug Overdoses

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It's so addictive, the dealers have an edge.

Now there's an effort at the state level to send a message to the dealers.

Your client overdoses and you could face a murder charge.

Ohio lawmakers are considering this but throughout the state, some prosecutors are already going after the dealers with reckless homicide and manslaughter charges.

Authorities say they continue to see overdoses here, but there is no way to actually track how many.

They say even in the hospitals, it's not recorded as an overdose.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says they are dealing with a case related to this subject right now.

But overall they want harsher punishment for those responsible.

HIPAA rules protect patients and families when it comes to overdoses.

And now with the state of Ohio allowing family members and friends to carry Narcan - a formula which reverses the effects of an overdose - it's even harder.

But what happens to the person supplying the drug which makes someone overdose, or the person that stands around as someone is overdosing and does nothing about it?

The real question is, who is liable?

Someone has to be accountable for their actions or what happened.

Prosecutors say that's all dependent on the situation.

Each situation presents the possibility of a different charge - whether that charge is reckless homicide or corrputing another with drugs.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says there are ways to upgrade that felony, dependent on the situation.

Law enforcement says they want to get to the bottom of this and prosecute those responsible.


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