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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heroin Called the Scourge of New York

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is calling heroin the scourge of New York, according to the New York Daily News. Schumer is asking for $100 million in federal aid to help stop heroin trafficking in his state. “Seizures of heroin in New York City in 2014 have already surpassed those of any previous year since 1991, which demonstrates an alarming trend that we must nip in the bud,” he said.

The money would be used for the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, according to the report. Schumer is dead set on preventing a repeat of the crack epidemic that swept across New York in the 80’s, reports Newsday. “Now everyone saw what happened with the crack epidemic. Our society ignored it for too long. It’s got its tentacles deeply into our young people, and took a decade to get rid of it,” Schumer said. “We cannot wait that long for heroin. We cannot wait till the heroin problem becomes an epidemic."

Schumer said the funding will hinder the Mexican and South American drug cartels who have been flooding the New York area with heroin. In the first four months of this year the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York City seized 288 pounds of heroin.

“For a while we thought the heroin scourge had ended, but it’s back and it’s stronger than ever,” he said.

Law enforcement officials believe that New York City has become the center for the heroin market on the East Coast. With around a third (up from one-fifth in previous years) of all heroin seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration nationwide since October, it is clear that officials are not exaggerating.
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