How Feds Treat Overdoses as Homicides, Seeking Dealers

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The death of a 34-year-old mother in northwestern Virginia was not a mystery. She was found slumped on the floor of her grandparent’s bathroom, a heroin-laced syringe nearby. In years past, police would have conducted a fairly rudimentary investigation, but the 2013 death came amid a wave of overdoses. Frustrated investigators decided to embrace a relatively radical approach: treat her death as a homicide and go after the dealer, Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!