Mom’s grief spurs N.Y. bill tar­get­ing opi­oid deal­ers

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COLONIE | A mother’s grief is be­hind a bill in New York’s leg­is­la­ture that would al­low pros­e­cu­tors to charge deal­ers of heroin and other opi­oids with homicide when their wares cause an over­dose death.

Patty Far­rell be­gan push­ing for the law af­ter she found her 18-year-old daugh­ter La­ree dead of an over­dose four years ago.

“La­ree’s Law” would cre­ate a new crim­i­nal clas­si­fi­ca­tion of “homicide by sale of an opi­ate-con­trolled sub­stance.” The crime would be pun­ish­able by 15 to 25 years in prison.

The bill has passed the state Se­nate and awaits ac­tion by the Assem­bly.

Pro­po­nents say tougher penal­ties would help re­duce deadly over­doses. But crit­ics say the fo­cus should be on pre­ven­tion.

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