Okla. designer drug death bill becomes law

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

OKLAHOMA CITY - Synthetic drug manufacturers can now be charged with first degree murder under a new law in Oklahoma. The bill, co-sponsored by state senator Susan Paddack of Ada, was signed into law today.

Authorities say last year ECU students Stacy Jewell and Andrew Ackerman died after using a synthetic drug known as 2-Bromo Dragonfly. The drug can cause hallucinations, vomiting, seizures, and rapid heartbeat.

Cody Weddle is charged with second degree murder after investigators say he bought the drug online and gave it to Jewell and Ackerman during a party in Konowa. Both Jewell and Ackerman died as a result.

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  • by Legalize it Location: sherman on May 9, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    how about all the people who die every year from alchohol poisoning? why arent the alchohol companies held responsible for that? we should just legalize marijuana then people can get their kicks from that instead of having to turn to much dangerous substances. Atleast there is a ZERO percent chance of dying or overdosing from it. Look it up and get the facts Americans, it's time to end a pointless prohibition and save billions on the drug war.
  • by Mr. Bill Location: Texoma on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Typo...Didn't mean to type "bad" people. Just meant bad choices.
  • by Mr. Bill Location: Texoma on May 8, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    What about holding people responsible for their own actions? I know it's a radical idea. I don't know anyone that's been forced by "Big Alc/Tob" to use their products. We should be thanking smokers/drinkers. I was led to believe that the tax revenue generated from the purchase of those products went to fund health programs. I grow weary of always blaming others for bad people's own bad choices.
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      by Jack on May 9, 2012 at 06:53 AM in reply to Mr. Bill
      If you are referring to Biffco's comment, I think that personal responsibility is exactly what he is advocating.
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        by Biffco on May 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to Jack
        Yes and no, Jack. I DO believe that every person over the age of 18 is in charge of their own destiny and is personally responsible for their own actions and should be held accountable for those actions. If you freely ingest something you know could be dangerous that kills you, it's on you - not the person you bought it from. The main point of my comment was that it seems that our government's priorities are grossly misplaced these days. I believe they are wasting our time and theirs enacting worthless, feel-good "anti-drug" legislation based on emotion over fact while blatantly ignoring those things that are really dangerous to our society. I'm not advocating a renewed prohibition, but as long as alcohol and tobacco are legal in this country for adults to consume by choice, I will never take any of your assertions about the "dangers" of illegal drugs seriously.
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      by Just Me on May 9, 2012 at 08:24 AM in reply to Mr. Bill
      Well spoken Mr. Bill! I too am sick and tired of people no longer believing that they are responsible for their own actions! It's always someone else's fault. Obama is the #1 believer in this dangerous and spreading mentality. I was raised a democrat and am sick that this is what they have become. I do NOT like what I am seeing around this country!!
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on May 8, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    What about holding Big Tobacco responsible for the 450,000 deaths it's responsible for in the U.S? Or alcohol manufacturers for the 60,000 deaths it causes annually. In reality, synthetic drugs rarely result in death from their use, so this will have almost no impact on public safety. Once again, feel-good legislation designed to pander to an ignorant public. You people are soooo gullible!
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      by The Cracken on May 8, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Biffco
      Obviously Mr. Weddle needs better lobbyists.
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        by Jack on May 9, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to The Cracken
  • by TXMom on May 8, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    So will they start charging meth cooks with murder? Not sure I understand the full scope of this law...
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