(Patriot-News) Drug deaths in Lycoming County attributed to an overdose of heroin now are ruled homicides.
Coroner Charles E. Kiessling said Wednesday it is time to stop dancing around the issue and "call it what it is."
He now lists homicide as the manner of death on death certificates in cases where heroin has been determined to be the cause.
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"If you are selling heroin to someone and they die, isn't that homicide?" he asked.
Calling it accidental down plays the severity of the situation, he said, noting there were approximately two dozen drug overdose deaths in the county last year.