A Georgia native, formerly a deputy school superintendent, has been charged with murder in connection with the 2019 overdose death of his wife. Prosecutors say that he purchased the cocaine that killed her and supplied her with the drugs.
Did the man intentionally cause his wife’s overdose? Or, did he just share the cocaine that he’d purchased with her, accidentally leading to her death?
It may not matter.
Overdose deaths are being treated like homicide cases
Once upon a time, an overdose was viewed as a simple tragedy. Today, in the wake of the opioid epidemic that has cost thousands of lives all over the nation, the authorities have gotten aggressive about prosecuting anybody who supplies drugs to anybody else — no matter what their intentions. It doesn’t even matter if no money changed hands.
Initially, the goal of the authorities seemed simple: They wanted to make examples of drug dealers who were pumping poison into the streets. Unfortunately, the authorities now feel free to turn personal tragedies into criminal matters by prosecuting people who share their pain medication with their best friend or relatives and addicts who simply shared their fix with a buddy — despite the fact that many experts say that such prosecutions serve no useful purpose.
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