Since Henry died, I’ve been advocating loudly for law enforcement and prosecutors to start using the drug induced homicide laws already on the books in most states and in federal law. I am very pleased to see that these prosecutions are actually starting to happen.
Vulnerable, sick drug addicts preyed on by money-grubbing dealers are VICTIMS and the dealers are OFFENDERS. Our state criminal codes and federal criminal statutes already recognize this, and by using drug induced homicide laws, the criminal justice system has a very powerful tool in their public safety toolbox – one that I hope and predict we will see being used more and more as one of several critical aspects in fighting the overdose drug scourge that now kills more people in this country each year than breast cancer, AIDS, auto crashes and gun deaths. I am so pleased to see Flagler County’s bold action today.