Drug overdose deaths have exponentially increased in Arizona and across the country over the past several years. Concerned legislators understandably have a keen interest in laws that might help ease the crisis. Several states have passed or considered drug-induced homicide laws–laws that make it a homicide when a person sells or shares drugs with someone else and the recipient dies from using the drug.
There’s reason to believe that drug-induced homicide laws don’t work and may actually be counterproductive, however. Our policy primer briefly lays out some of the reasons why drug-induced homicide laws may do more harm than good.