In 2018, Josh Cook sold his friend some drugs. They shot up together. His friend overdosed and died.
Some people see that as an accident. The government treated it as a homicide. So which is it?
Your answer to that - our answer to that - will shape how we address the deadliest overdose crisis in American history.
Document Season 3, Death Resulting, debuts Dec. 8, 2021 - subscribe now. More at nhpr.org/document.
Introducing Document S3: Death Resulting
In 2018, Josh Cook sold his friend some drugs. They shot up together. His friend overdosed and died. Some people see that as an accident. The government treated it as a homicide. So which is it? Our answer to that will shape how we address the deadliest overdose crisis in American history.
Death Resulting E1: The Crime
An early morning drug deal in a hotel bathroom ends in tragedy. Josh is charged under the federal death resulting law — a new and growing strategy for prosecutors — and faces a sentence of two decades or longer.
Death Resulting E2: Launching A War
In 1986, racist fears and the death of a basketball star prompt Congress to lay down the legal foundation for the War on Drugs. Today most Americans see that war as a failure. But buried deep in that 35-year-old law was the death resulting law — a penalty little used until the opioid epidemic, and now disproportionately impacting people of color.
Death Resulting E3: A Normal Member of Society
Death resulting laws seek to punish a single person — the drug dealer — for an overdose death. But the laws all but ignore what pushed that dealer into this terrible position in the first place.
Death Resulting E4: You Gotta Have an Opinion
Attorneys for the federal government and Josh collide in a dramatic courtroom debate that traces the history of Josh’s family, the War on Drugs, and the ethics of death resulting laws themselves. In the end, a judge hands Josh a sentence - and we ask you to decide if this outcome is justice.
Event: Behind the Scenes of Document with Jason Moon
Join NHPR's Jason Moon for a conversation about the reporting and production of Death Resulting, the latest season from NHPR's Document podcast.
Very good but…..
Jason Moon is an excellent story teller. It’s certainly not a cut and dry situation. The adults in Josh’s life are to blame. A very sad story of no one able to break the cycle of abuse and addiction.
Season 2 Only Okay
Of course the story of Josh is sad overall, but it was very frustrating to listen to how blind and naive the reporter was. It was clear from the beginning that Josh had other issues and it wasn’t surprising in the least what ended up happening. I find the reporter blaming the prison sentence on what happened to him in the future. He severely abused the women in his life and that’s why he got a punitive prison sentence like he did. It seems to me that there were many supports available to Josh, but he did not want to accept them and was lying to himself and others. I find the reporter’s take on this whole situation kind of offensive to the victims of Josh. Leave your personal bias at the door, give the facts, and respect the family, friends, and victims.
A must listen
I am a person in recover who now works in the field of addiction medicine. This is an incredibly well done podcast on a very important subject. It’s a must listen!!! Kudos for the excellent reporting.