Charles E. Kiessling has a novel idea about how Pennsylvania should perceive heroin deaths.
The Lycoming County coroner is tired of the plague of drug overdoses and says it’s time to “call it what it is.”
From now on, any death due to heroin in his county will be listed as a homicide on the death certificate.
The other available options are natural, accidental, suicide or undetermined.
But Kiessling says the answer is easy.
“If you are selling heroin to someone and they die, isn’t that homicide?”