Federal legislators and officials say there is an alarming increase in the amount of heroin being brought into the United States, The Washington Times reports. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, legislators called for solutions to this public health crisis.
John Riley, Acting Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told legislators that drug runners who work for or with drug cartels in Mexico are responsible for half of the U.S. street supply of heroin. He said heroin is being smoked or snorted by young people who see the drug as “recreational.”
“I’ve been with DEA almost 30 years and I have to tell you, I have never seen it this bad,” he said.