Overdose Could Be Ruled As A Homicide If Death Occurs

A person convicted of a Fentanyl homicide could face up to 30 years in prison.

A hearing took place regarding a bill in the South Carolina Senate that would consider charges for overdoses in the state.

Throughout the hearing, several people commented on the dangers of Fentanyl.

Senate Bill 1 states: A person who unlawfully delivers or provides Fentanyl to another person in any way, is a violation and if the proximate cause of the death of any person is the injection, inhalation, absorption, or ingestion of any amount of Fetanyl, the provider will be charged with the felony offense of Fentanyl-induced homicide. A person convicted of a Fentanyl homicide could face up to 30 years in prison.

35 people reportedly died from drug overdoses last year in Darlington County alone, while Florence County reported 63 overdose deaths in 2022 and there are currently 2 more pending for 2023.

The full Senate Judiciary Committee will decide if Senate Bill 1 will be presented on the floor for debate.