BUFFALO – Western New York is still dealing with a major heroin epidemic and its time more is done to eliminate the drug from coming into our communities.
That’s according to U.S. senator Charles Schumer, who was in Buffalo on Monday to announce his plan to stem the tide of cross-border drug trafficking.
Schumer is calling on the House of Representatives to immediately pass the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act – which could he says will help halt the dramatic increase in opiate and heroin overdoses in Buffalo and Western New York by making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute drug traffickers who shuttle drugs over the border into Buffalo. The bill has already been approved in the U.S. Senate.
According to the Erie County Health Department, there have been 147 fatal opioid-related overdoses in 2015 alone, with Erie County health officials predicting 275 fatalities by year’s end. That’s compared to 128 deaths in Erie County in 2014.