Hollywood Hills Drug Dealer Charged in Mac Miller’s Death

Mac Miller on stage

Nowadays, drug dealers are being held responsible if and when the drugs they sell a person result in a fatal overdose. It’s a fairly new position by the criminal justice system that drug dealers need to be held accountable for what happens to a person after he or she consumes the drugs they sell and it’s mostly in response to the incredible amount of fentanyl that’s made its way into not only heroin, but also into cocaine and methamphetamine. Since the emergence of fentanyl on the drug scene, because so many people have died because of the greed of others, something had to change.

Mac Miller, a known rap artist, sadly fatally overdosed exactly one year ago today. His family and fans were devastated as a beloved son and musician lost his battle with addiction. However, there have been recent developments in Miller’s death. A Hollywood Hills man who supplied Mac with his drugs is being charged in connection with his death. Cameron James Pettit is charged with giving Miller fake oxycodone pills that were actually full of fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax. After snorting the pills, Miller was found unresponsive in his home in Studio City.

U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said, “We are aggressively targeting drug dealers responsible for trafficking illicit fentanyl, which has become the most deadly facet of the opioid epidemic. We are committed to slowing the number of overdose deaths and prosecuting those responsible for spreading this most dangerous opioid.

According to the DEA, if Pettit is convicted of the charges he faces the statutory maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

“Drug addiction knows no bounds, has no prejudice, and has the ability to affect literally anyone….”
Sad man on a bench at night

Mac Miller had a long, public battle with addiction. His fans and family were his biggest supporters and although he tried again and again to get clean, he fell victim to the very same thing that’s been tearing families apart for almost twenty years. Drug addiction knows no bounds, has no prejudice, and has the ability to affect literally anyone, no matter your race, color, creed, or economic class.

The situation we as a society have seen as a result of the opioid epidemic is catastrophic. It is now the biggest man-made public health crisis in history. My thought process is that if this issue is completely man-made, then man is the only logical thing that can stop it. We created it, so we have the ability to uncreate it.

So much work and effort has been put into fighting this thing but, I’m sorry to say, we’re not winning yet. I’m not saying it’s a futile effort and that we should just throw up our hands and stop trying. I’m saying that we need to keep fighting, keep pushing, get as many addicts into treatment as possible while devising real ways to keep kids from taking drugs in the first place.

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.