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And the factor original segment tonight as we've reported there are number of people consider the selling of hard drives.
To be a non violent crime and do not want prison time for offenders.
-- recently spoke with Denise -- who's 27 year old son Jeff.
Died of a drug overdose in 2008.
And with a ginger cats -- twenty year old son Ian died of a drug overdose in 1996.
Katz is the author of the book -- his story.
How to save a young life.
So let's catch you agree with me that it is a violent crime to sell heroin and that's what killed your son to another human being correct absolutely.
When you hear people and and no -- miss -- is going to disagree.
So I love it isn't it he and we shouldn't be concentrating on the pushers and -- dealers because it takes -- to make the cell line you say.
I say loosening the drug.
Would create more drug use and that means more crime more -- -- doses for kids dropping out of school.
It wreaks Havoc on the on a country.
But what about giving them that harsh mandatory ten to twenty immunity they put in a lot of these guys way for a long period of time does the crime fit the punishment.
I believe it does I believe it does I have a full support group for families who've lost children.
And I get calls from -- and you can't believe the cries you.
I never heard sounds like this are they angry about the pushers -- -- they wanna do is get their hands on the drug dealer okay your sons and daughters -- deal.
Now -- -- I thought that that was a prevailing wisdom but you disagree with me and this cats and and there are others who feel the way that you do.
That you shouldn't put these drug pushers in jail and why do you feel -- way.
IA adamantly disagree with you bill because I think our our drug sentences are harsh enough to come near enough.
We incarcerate so many people on our country and most of them for minor possession -- I'm not sure who's got.
And very few at the federal level -- incarcerated for minor offenses and ones that are in the state and local prisons get out very few and you know they have a long rap sheet.
These -- win 568.
Times -- you have to have a certain amount of weight to be charged a trafficker to go away on Amanda -- but let's just say let's stay with you for a minute.
I mean your son was killed.
-- mix of xanax and morphine -- a very very tough drugs.
And you don't blame the person who gave him the drugs are sold in the drug you don't know -- as any culpability in all.
Now I don't blame him for getting for.
Allowing my son to purchase -- drugs from my plan them from leaving my son alone in the condition usually -- wide this first is selling poison yourself in poor reason why don't you blame them.
Because my son as much as there's a choice when you have addictive illness of some rarely is he did.
He'd bought that he called that drug dealer he's that guy K okay.
You son is responsible for his actions as well on my opinion and you son paid the price -- did.
But -- given that guy.
Who made the drug accessible not only your son but to other people as well -- -- asks why would you do that I don't think we've asked them.
71 -- sensitivity is it.
71 I think so I I think -- numbers are skewed but not a major numbers I don't know -- times.
Go ahead what what I would like to focus on mr.
O'Reilly is convention now.
And -- and decent education in the beginning we have a bill on the assembly right now -- introduced AV 831 by.
A -- glamour bloom the first ever -- our overdose rate in California is higher than car accident fatalities.
Now we have nothing can place my.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- so sorry about your loss but if you think about it maybe just children -- could still be alive today.
That drug dealer didn't give the drug to our children.
I yes it was my son -- Choice.
To use drugs.
But I wanted to get him off the streets because I didn't want to see this happen to another family we cannot become a nation of enablers enabling of allowing a behavior to continue without constant.
But wells perpetuates the disease of addiction.
It's -- seeing that is such a -- disagreement among good people here but I have to tell you miss Colin.
I know people who have been killed by drugs and I know drug dealers on the drug -- -- evil in my opinion.
-- -- -- -- that that's not that's not our wish to focus our attention and we should focus on saving our kids now on better education quality education.
Tell the truth don't scare kids that don't response that we know that it's been going on for four years we to turn the -- to say one more thing go ahead I think we have to do both.
We have to do prevention education is key and so.
As talking and the -- parent talking to the children about the think well we assume that absolutely everybody knows are taken are we cannot enable this situation ladies thanks very much really appreciated.
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