LI lawmakers, families support bill allowing homicide charges against dealers for fatal overdoses
Long Island lawmakers and families of overdose victims are pushing for a new bill that would increase the penalty for those who deal drugs that take lives.
The bill, called Death by Dealer, would charge dealers with homicide for causing fatal overdoses - something supporters say 20 other states have in place already.
"I have had to stand next to and listen to the cries that a mother makes that aren't human when they realize that their child is dead,” said Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who is backing the bill. “I’m tired of acknowledging parents into a club that they should never belong to."
Also among its supporters is Linda Ventura, the mother of an overdose victim who says she wants to stop others from having to suffer the same heartbreak.
As of now, drug dealers in New York can only be charged with the sale of controlled substances.