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WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on the federal government to establish a database that would allow local officials in New York to better track the heroin epidemic that appears to be sweeping the state.

Schumer said he is asking the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy to help New York counties to implement “DrugStat”, an information-sharing database that would track heroin and other drug-related crimes, overdoses, deaths, hospital admissions and other information.

He said the database would allow law enforcement officials to identify patterns in heroin abuse and crack down on drug dealers across county lines.

“It is critical that we attack the problem from all fronts by improving information sharing, beefing up our law enforcement, prevention, and education efforts, and by getting more support for our treatment facilities,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “So I’m calling on the feds to help establish a statewide database of drug-related crimes, overdoses and more, so law enforcement can track the trends and work to stop drugs from coming into our communities. Information drives solutions.”

In addition to writing to the Office of National Drug Control Policy to suggest the implementation of the “DrugState” database in New York, Schumer said he is pushing for Congress to increase funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s .Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants.

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