BCPO Open Letter #3 regarding Heroin
ANOTHER THOUGHT ABOUT HEROIN
TO ALL BERGEN COUNTY RESIDENTS
from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Our last two letters have talked about the enforcement of our New Jersey Law entitled
STRICT LIABILITY FOR DRUG INDUCED DEATHS.
We know that many believe that our drug laws ae applied to “street dealers”. Hopefully
you have now seen how even the best young men and women may be susceptible to
this law. We know that most readers will know just how hard it would be to have their
son or daughter caught up in this law, with its hard consequences of 20 years in prison.
But there is a consequence even worse than that.
To lose someone due to an overdose to drugs, especially a child and regardless of their
age, represents one of the most terrible and tragic things any person can endure.
We do not see our office and its function as one that merely arrests people. We want to
see lower drug arrests and lower arrests for Stict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths. If
the number of those arrests comes down, it will mean that the number of young men
and women dying from drug overdoses is coming down as well. That is everyone’s goal.
So how can you help?
GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN EARLY AND SET GROUND RULES
FOR YOUR HOUSE
KNOW THE NAMES OF ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN’S FRIENDS, AND THEIR PARENTS
NOTICE ANY CHANGES IN THEIR LIFE. HAVE THEY CHANGED FRIENDS? LOST
INTEREST IN SPORTS OR A HOBBY?
WATCH THEIR APPEARANCE. NOTICE THEIR APPETITE. HAVE YOU FOUND
BURNED MATCHES IN THEIR BEDROOM? ARE THEY USING EXCESSIVE COLOGNE
GET RIDE OF ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT YOU KEEP IN YOUR HOUSE THAT
YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING! DON’T THROW THEM OUT. CALL YOUR
LOCAL POLICE. THEY WILL TELL YOU THE RIGHTS WAY TO GET RID OF THEM.
BE A ROLE MODEL. SET AN EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS. THEY ARE WATCHING YOU
AND WANT TO BE LIKE YOU.