ACLU to Ohio court house: Stop citing people who have overdosed

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Via ACLU Press release:

ACLU Urges Washington Court House to End Unjust Citing of Individuals who have Overdosed

Read the ACLU of Ohio letter here:

CLEVELAND—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to the City of Washington Court House, urging it to end its unjust practice of charging individuals who overdose on heroin under Ohio’s Inducing Panic law. A conviction under the law may lead to a sentence of 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

“This policy discourages people from calling for help when their loved one or neighbor is experiencing an overdose. It’s dangerous,” said Elizabeth Bonham, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Ohio. “We cannot punish our way out of this opioid crisis. Charging victims of overdose with a crime is a perfect example of how not to deal with our opioid problem in Ohio.”

 

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