Specht said the problem is that he worries there are addicts who could be prosecuted as dealers based on the paraphernalia they're caught with. And the effects of putting addicts behind bars could be devastating, he said.
"Those people don't need incarceration," Specht said. "They need rehabilitation."
The Spechts started their community outreach organization shortly after their son, Nick, died.
"We were devastated," Specht said. "We didn't know what to do. The stigma surrounding heroin addiction was tremendous, and still is."
Specht said he was concerned that those convicted would have nowhere to turn after prison besides back to heroin.
"Now they need to get out and get a job," he said. "How are they going to do that if they have felonies against them? It makes it that much more difficult for someone who wants to get back into society and wants to get rid of this problem."
Specht said there's no "silver bullet" in the war against heroin, but if the bill becomes law and serves its true purpose, it will certainly gain his support.
"If this legislation allows us, allows law enforcement to get a lever on dealing and dealers and trafficking that we didn't have before, then that's a good thing and I'm all for that," he said.