MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Law Director is assessing whether an existing law can be used to charge someone who has overdosed with a crime.

City Law Director Rob Broeren said he is “evaluating” whether a person who overdoses can be charged with inducing panic, a first degree misdemeanor. Washington Courthouse, the county seat of Fayette County, began charging persons who overdose using the inducing panic statute Feb. 1.

Broeren said he has met with area law enforcement officials to discuss the issue, and is looking at whether it might be an option for Knox County.

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