New York City has recently experienced a drastic increase in the number
of deaths associated with heroin overdoses. The city's Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene reports that the number of deaths has risen
84 percent from 2010 to 2012, and officials have started taking many steps
to try to control the amount of heroin entering the state.
The city is believed to be one of the main entry points for the drug in
the region. Police believe that the increase in heroin use can be attributed
to the state's crackdown on
prescription drug crimes. Those who may have started abusing pills might be unable to get the painkillers,
and need to find a more readily available replacement. Since heroin is
so easy to find and incredibly addictive, many individuals find themselves
trapped in a very dangerous pattern of abuse.
Law enforcement is considering several different ways of addressing this
problem. They are going to be more aggressive in targeting those who bring
the drugs into the city. Police from several states in the region have
started working together to study the methods that they are using to determine
the effectiveness of these practices against the spread of the drug.
There is also a proposal that would allow law enforcement officers to begin
carrying the drug naloxone, which has proven to be successful in curbing
heroin overdoses. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wants to
have all police have the ability to be able to access naloxone in urgent
situations. The costs of the program would be covered by the assets seized
in other drug cases.
Additionally, Senator Charles Schumer has called for the creation of a
database that would allow police in New York to share information concerning
heroin and other drug crimes. It would be similar to the database used
to track prescription pain medication, which was designed to prevent doctor-shopping
among individuals looking for access to drugs. The database would allow
police to understand where to focus their efforts when trying to slow
the use of heroin in certain areas.
With police becoming more aggressive in dealing with these types of drug
crimes, you need to understand how important it is to provide a strong
defense to these allegations. A conviction could result in very serious
consequences, including extensive prison time for certain offenses.
You should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more
about the things that you can do to protect yourself throughout the process.
Do not speak to law enforcement until you have had an opportunity to discuss
your case with your attorney. Police may seem like they are concerned
for your well-being, but they are trying to gather as much evidence as
possible to use against you to try to prove your guilt.