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Heroin addicts revived after overdosing to be charged with criminal offence by Ohio police

  1. Emilita
    Users could face jail for inducing panic misdemeanour if revived using Naloxone.

    [​IMG]Heroin addicts in Ohio could now face jail if they are revived following an overdose under new plans to battle the state's drug "epidemic".

    Washington Court House police have starting charging people who have been revived by overdose antidote Naloxone with inducing panic, a misdemeanour criminal charge which is punishable with 180 days in jail.

    The police force insists the proposals are not intended as a way to jail heroin addicts, but instead a way to help keep track of people who may need help.

    Chief Brian Hottinger said seven people have been charged with inducing panic ever since the plans were introduced in February.

    City Attorney Mark Pitsick told WSYX-TV: "It gives us the ability to keep an eye on them, to offer them assistance and to know who has overdosed. Sometimes we can't even track who has overdosed. We are trying everything we can do. It's an epidemic."

    Pitsick said he hopes that those who face the misdemeanour charges will help them understand that the police are "here to help".

    He added: "They don't have hope to begin with, but by helping them we hope we are giving them the ability to turn their lives around."

    Pitsick assured that people who dial 911 for a person who has overdosed will not face any charges.

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    Written by: Ewan Palmer, Mar 8, 2017, Heroin addicts revived after overdosing to be charged with criminal offence by Ohio police, Internationl Business Times

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  1. Emilita
    To think that a police officer will openly say that anyone using heroin has no hope is genuinely disappointing.

    I don't see how charging people with a crime is going to change or do anything positive? It will clog up the jail system, more pressure on the justice system and obviously make the individuals who already suffered a overdose to be subjected to additional emotional pain.

    This decision might end up causing more overdoses in the long run. The justice system need a more informed and practical approach to the rate of overdoses happening in Ohio.
  2. Ketkatbarz
    This doesn't really sit well with me. I feel like people will avoid calling the authorities or an ambulance because they could get charged
  3. Healer
    You're not helping anybody when you give them a criminal record. So this whole "Were here to help" bullshit has to stop. When you are thrown through the court system and given charges that is called punishment. That is not help. Do people really need to be told the difference between giving help and giving punishment?
  4. Willie84
    Very stupid. How about taking people's name down and putting them on a list of OD's? Got to be just a little easier than tossing them into the judicial system. Jail time and a criminal record is idiotic, and probably going to cause more harm by preventing people from calling 911.
  5. cra$h
    This embodies literally everything that is wrong with the justice system vs drug users. The whole "here to help", "keep an eye on 'em", ability to "turn their lives around", "they're hopeless anyways", and so on and so forth is what just awful and proven to be not just ineffective, but the least effective way to manage a drug problem on a personal level and on the current epidemic level. Totally ass-backwards from anything progressive. How many people do you know end up better because they were jailed for being a drug user? If anything, it's most likely going to make people worse criminals and get trapped in that who institutionalizing system. Ohio, get your shit together.
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