An Upstate New York Congressman has introduced a new bill that would add life in prison or death as possible penalties for drug dealers who sell heroin connected to fatal overdoses.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) introduced the HELP Act this week, WIVB-TV reported. The acronym stands for “Help Ensure Lives are Protected.”
“We care about the families of every overdose victim in our community and the addicts that are struggling,” Reed told the station. “We’ve held several roundtable discussions and heard directly from the parents who have lost children to opioids and heroin. It’s only right that we hold those responsible for harming our loved ones accountable.”