NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he is asking for $100 million in funding for to curb the scourge of heroin in New York and across the country.
“New York City has become a hub for the heroin trade for the entire East Coast,” Schumer said.
As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, that is why Schumer wants the federal allocation for the U.S. Justice Department initiative called the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program – or HIDTA.
HIDTA is not tied to any agency, but it does help federal drug trafficking investigations with intelligence sand surveillance.
Schumer said the easy access in the reason is also driving the increase in heroin abuse.
Jeff Reynolds is executive director the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and said Long Island is “in the midst of a historic crisis.”
“Every time I walk into a funeral or a shiva call for a young person — which I’ve done a lot so far this year — I see the end result of unfettered drug access,” Reynolds said.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, Reynolds said heroin is cheap – according to its users.
“And they’ll say it’s easier to get than beer,” he said.
Schumer said the federal allocation is needed to break up the drug pipeline from Mexico and New York City, “where large drug dealers take the heroin break it down and distribute it throughout the Northeast.”
Heroin seizures are already higher in 2014 than any year since 1991.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:
- Millions Show Up For Women’s Marches Worldwide
- ‘This Is Our Moment’: Thousands March Through President Trump’s Hometown
- President Trump To CIA: ‘I Am So Behind You’
- Police Search For Man Wanted In Jackson Heights Shooting
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)