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Sen. Charles Schumer Pushes for Heroin Combat Teams

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    Sen. Charles Schumer Pushes for Heroin Combat Teams
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    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal help in the fight against opioid addiction in New York.

    Schumer is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide the state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams being formed to combat the problem. The four teams are specifically dedicated to counteracting heroin trafficking and are sent to states that report heroin as the highest drug threat.

    The Democrat says New York's heroin overdose death rate increased by 30 percent in 2015. New data show there was an average of four overdose deaths a day in New York City alone last year. That was double the rate two years earlier. New York City also is a major distribution hub.

    Overall, 24 New York counties are considered High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

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