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West Virginia House passes drug death, suffocation bills

Legislature in session graphic by MGN.
Legislature in session graphic by MGN.(KOLO)
Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 3:08 PM EST
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The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved a measure that would make it a crime to give someone a drug that kills them.

Delegates passed the bill 90-3 without debate on Friday.

The bill, which would make it a felony punishable by one to three years in prison. says a person must be found to be acting with ``reckless disregard'' for the health of others.

The House also unanimously passed a bill to make suffocation and asphyxiation crimes punishable by up to five years in prison.

Both bills now more to the Senate for consideration.

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