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Another state is taking steps to hold illegal drug dealers liable for damages that occur when people buy and take their drugs. New Hampshire may become the 15th state to pass a Drug Dealer Liability Act, if a bill passed by the state senate becomes law.

Parents who have to pay for their child's treatmentand rehabilitation, babies injured by their mother's drug use, and even municipalities, employers and other agencies can sue drug dealers in civil courts under these type laws.

Under New Hampshire's version of the law, drug dealers can turn around and sue their suppliers, a clause aimed at disrupting drug distribution networks. In New Hampshire, the bill is limited to dealers of cocaine, crack, heroin and ecstasy.

In Michigan the city of Detroit got an award of more than $7 million to help fight drug activity and siblings of a drug-addicted baby got a $1 million judgement. In South Dekota a jury awarded a woman whose husband was killed by a driver under the influence of meth $268 million from the dealer to sold the driver the drugs, according to press reports.

Critics of these type laws say that most of these judgements have just been on paper, and very little money has ever been collected.

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