US state of North Carolina implements death by distribution law

The Governor of North Carolina has signed a new law that could see drug dealers charged with second-degree murder if they sell drugs that later cause a fatal overdose. The law means that offenders could face up to 40 years in prison. An amendment to the law was approved following concerns that it might prevent people calling emergency services in the case of an overdose. The amendment stated that the ‘Death by Distribution’ law would not restrict the rights previously identified under ‘Good Samaritan’ laws which protect witnesses to a drug overdose from prosecution if they seek medical assistance.