MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) said Monday that a Trump administration budget proposal would put a key resource combating the opioid scourge in jeopardy.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Schumer said it is all hands on deck when it comes to the opioid crisis. Thus, he is fighting to keep millions of dollars in federal funding through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, or HITDA, program.READ MORE: FBI Executes Search Warrant At Home Of Gabby Petito's Fiancé Brian Laundrie
Schumer said HITDA helps federal, state and local authorities work together, and the program would be in jeopardy because of a Trump administration budget proposal.READ MORE: Yonkers Police: 2 Men Dead After One Jumps Off Building And Hits The Other 12 Stories Below
“When the feds hear of a new shipment that’s come in; when they hear of a different group of drug traffickers that’s gotten hold of a bunch of bad drugs, they inform local law enforcement – and vice versa,” Schumer said.MORE NEWS: New York City Public Schools To Increase COVID Testing, Relax Quarantine Rules
He said last year alone, “over 600 people on Long Island died of overdoses – more than one a day; almost two a day.”