Law Enforcement & Corrections
In November 2016, in response to the opioid overdose death crisis in New York City, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) partnered with the New York City Police Department to investigate every overdose death in New York City as a homicide case. One of the tools SDNY has used in prosecuting these cases is the “death resulting” statute, which provides for a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who distributes a controlled substance “if death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance.” This session will discuss the federal legal framework for charging overdose deaths, as well as real case examples since this initiative began in 2016. One of the goals of the session will be to promote discussion about when federal prosecutors should exercise their discretion in to bring overdose cases. The session also will highlight successful investigatory techniques in prosecuting federal overdose cases.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar, GA POST.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.