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News & Updates from the DIH Family
MARCH-APRIL 2024

NEWS

SAMMY’S LAW: Illinois Bill moves ahead to protect kids online
’Sammy’s Law’ is a Fight for Social Media Safety

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Fentanyl Billboards - First of its kind in California’s Capitol - Sacramento, CA!
These billboards are designed to make the people in the California’s Capitol aware that Fentanyl Dealers Kill. Alexandra’s Law will be re-introduced in May with hopes that the Senate Bill will pass. The billboards are a steep reminder WHY Alexandra’s Law must be passed!

We’ve seen billboards with victims that were poisoned by fentanyl across the U.S., but not in California’s Capitol - Sacramento, CA, where critical fentanyl laws get voted on. For the first time, there were victims shown on 2 billboards that lead into Sacramento’s State Capitol reminding motorists, Judges and legislators that “Fentanyl Dealers Kill”. More billboards in California's Capitol are coming to send out this message so legislators can see it!

If you are interested in knowing more about organizing a “Drug Induced Homicide” billboard IN YOUR STATE, please reach out to:  info@druginducedhomicide.org

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China is funding the U.S. fentanyl crisis, House panel says in a new report. The people are outraged.

There was a new report released ahead of The House Select Committee hearing Tuesday, April 16, 2024 detailing what the panel argues is “China’s complicity in fueling the fentanyl crisis in the U.S.”

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FACTS

WISCONSIN: Dose of Reality: Get the Facts on Opioids

Fentanyl Warning: You can't feel it, see it, smell it, or taste it

Illegally manufactured fentanyl is strong and unevenly mixed into drugs.

  • Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine and Carfentanil is 100x stronger than fentanyl

  • Because fentanyl is strong and cheap to produce, people who manufacture illegal drugs use fentanyl to make their drugs more powerful and less expensive to manufacture.

  • The amount of fentanyl in illegal drugs as well as counterfeit pills is completely random—even from the same supply. One portion or pill may not contain fentanyl, while other portions and pills from the same supply may contain fentanyl.

  • Fentanyl or illicit drugs don’t always come in the form of a pill. The powder can be sprinkled in a drink or on food. It’s tasteless and odorless. Always keep your food and drinks ‘manned’. If you walk away from your food and/or drink, don’t ingest it. This can save your life!


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Member Spotlight

Meet Diane Klaus!!

Diane Klaus is our Spotlight Member!

After losing her daughter, Jillian, to heroin toxicity, Jillian knew she needed to do something to

keep her mind busy. Diane is the Oklahoma representative for Drug Induced Homicide. She has spent countless “behind the scene hours” working with both the DEA, Oklahoma's District Attorney, the detectives, and with grieving families who have suffered a tragic loss of a family member to illicit drugs.


When the news of yet another loss comes from another family, Diane makes it a point to reach out and introduce herself to the bereaved family. She asks them about their loved one, and provides them with immediate support and crucial information to get them connected to the right detectives. Diane is constructive in helping others to get the investigative process rolling. Diane includes information to the bereaved families as to which authority to contact, how to get phones to the right person for secure protection, and how to proceed in finding the drug dealer.


Diane is also pushing the District Attorney to get an active ‘Drug Induced Homicide’ detective reestablished in Oklahoma, and is in the search for a grant to fund this position. On top of all of her amazing work, Diane hosts rallies and events at courthouses and school organizations. She advocates, educates, and guides the grieving families in their pursuit of investigations and justice. Another warrior parent turning pain into

purpose!

Thank-you, Diane, for your courage, dedication and work within Drug Induced Homicide!

EVENTS

Here are some future events to plan for!

If you have an event that you want Drug Induced Homicide to feature for you in this section,  please contact:

info@druginducedhomicide.org

International Bereaved Mother’s Day - SUNDAY, MAY 5TH


Every year on the first Sunday in May, International Bereaved Mother’s Day honors mothers who have lost a child.

One of the hardest days for many women around the world is Mother’s Day. Women who have lost a child suffer greatly on this day. According to psychologists, losing a child is one of the worst traumas a human being can experience. When a child dies, a mother loses a piece of her own heart along with all her hopes of seeing that child fulfill their potential, which is one important reason why International Bereaved Mother’s Day is so important.

What can you do on that day to help a bereaved mother?

Here are some ideas:

• Mention her child’s name

• Remember her child with her

• Make a donation in memory of her child

• Send her a message of support

• Let her know that you’re thinking of her

• Light a candle in memory of her child

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Drug Induced Homicide's Mission:

  • Raise awareness about the effectiveness of criminal investigation and prosecution in reducing deaths related to illicit drugs

  • Advocate for a shift in thinking within our judicial system away from past protocols focusing on accidental to now classifying these cases as criminal

  • Advocate for laws that provide greater accountability to those who distribute illicit drugs

  • Support families who were unlawfully delivered a controlled substance resulting in death

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Your donation to Drug Induced Homicide will help families that lost loved ones to illicit drugs get justice they deserve. Drug Induced Homicide seeks justice tirelessly for loved ones across the country.

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