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The opioid epidemic has no boundaries: It affects all types

The addiction crisis in America has grown to devastating proportions. It's become clear that overdoses from prescription opiates, heroin and other narcotics aren't restricted to those in poverty or lower classes. In fact, the daughter of a GOP lawmaker and a top Democratic Party official are both under scrutiny following overdose deaths in the recent weeks.

One woman, the daughter of a state representative, was taken to jail on expected charges of delivery of heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place, first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect. A former executive director of the state Democratic Party has been searched as part of a reckless homicide investigation for a woman who overdosed in the man's condo. He was the one who drove her to the emergency room with an expected overdose. She had died before they arrived.

The former executive director claimed that the woman, a friend, had been picked up the night before. He claimed they smoked marijuana before he went to bed between 1 and 2 a.m. At 5 a.m., he reported that his friend was breathing oddly and wasn't waking up. He waited an hour before driving her to the emergency room. Looking at her blood, the medical examiner's office discovered that the woman had died from an overdose on cocaine, heroin fentanyl and an unknown drug similar to fentanyl. There are allegedly messages between the two suggesting that the former executive director was doing the "hard stuff."

At the man's condo, oxycodone, guns and drug pipes were all located, according to reports, along with drug paraphernalia, scales, what is suspected to be marijuana and suspected crack cocaine.

As you can see, drug charges can affect anyone from the rich to the poor. If you face them, it's in your best interests to defend yourself as quickly as possible.

Source: Journal Sentinel, "Heroin overdose deaths play no favorites as they engulf both Wisconsin political parties," Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Paul Srubas, Oct. 12, 2017

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