BCPO Open Letter to Public #2
A FRANK AND OPEN LETTER ABOUT HEROIN TO
BERGEN COUNTY RESIDENTS
from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
In our last notice, we told you about how New Jersey’s STRICT LIABILITY FOR DRUG
INDUCED DEATHS law is playing a role here in Bergen County. It is a statute now being
used more aggressively in the county by all law enforcement.
Here is another story:
You are a nice, middle aged couple living in Bergen County. Both of you work and have provided
well for your children, who are now in their late 20’s.
They are just starting their lives. In a few years, they will marry and have children of their own – your
But your son, who is 27, still likes to have fun and will often go out to area night spots. He does not
use drugs. He does not drink and drive. He is responsible. He is, after all, your son.
At one of the clubs, he is given an ecstacy pill. You have heard of it but you are not sure what it is.
It is a drug – a serious drug.
But your son is a good kid. He would never take ecstacy.
So he gives it to one of his friends. Just for him to have a good time.
His friend takes it. Just to have a good time.
But your son did not know that his friend had been taking other drugs that day. Oxy, some marijuana
and definitely alcohol. A half hour after taking the ecstasy pill, he is in severe dehydration. His blood
pressure drops and he passes out. On the way to the hospital, the friend dies.
YOUR SON MAY BE CHARGED UNDER
NEW JERSEY’S DRUG INDUCED DEATH LAW.
UPON CONVICTION, THEY MAY RECEIVE 20 YEARS IN PRISON, WITH A
17 YEAR PERIOD WHEN THEY WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.
20 YEARS IN PRISON.
FOR ONE ECSTACY PILL.
STILL THINK THAT THE DRUG EPIDEMIC EXISTS IN PLACES
OTHER THAN BERGEN COUNTY?
DO YOU STILL THINK THAT THIS LAW ONLY APPLIES TO STREET DEALERS?