This dataset examines statutes that authorize the prosecution of drug-related deaths as criminal killings. Oftentimes referred to as drug induced homicide laws, these laws establish criminal liability for individuals who furnish or deliver controlled substances to another individual who dies as a result. These laws vary from state to state in how they are classified, how they are sentenced, and what elements need to be proven. This dataset highlights these differences among state drug induced homicide laws. This dataset was co-created with Health in Justice Action Lab.
This dataset is longitudinal, capturing laws in effect on January 1, 2018, and valid through January 1, 2019. Please note US federal law is included and the number of total jurisdictions is 52.