heroin

New York Senator Requests $100 Million in Federal Funding to Curb Heroin Trade

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is asking the federal government to allocate $100 million to curb the heroin trade in his state. Seizures of heroin in New York this year have already surpassed those of any previous year since 1991. Schumer wants the money to be given to…

Ohio Prisons Filled with People Addicted to Heroin and Painkillers: Official

Prisons in Ohio have a large population of people addicted to heroin and painkillers, an official told the state Senate Finance Committee this week. State Prisons Director Gary Mohr said judges send offenders to prison after they relapse several times, the Associated Press reports. “They kept coming back, and at some…

Surge in Heroin and Prescription Opioid Use Has Deadly Consequences, Police Say

The surge in the use of heroin and prescription opioids is resulting in more deaths than violent crimes and car crashes in many communities, law enforcement officials said this week. They met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the problem and possible solutions. Many overdose deaths are due to heroin, which…

Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Suspected in at Least 50 Recent Fatal Overdoses in Three States

Heroin laced with the synthetic opiate fentanyl is suspected in at least 50 recent fatal overdoses in three states, according to law enforcement officials. In Pennsylvania, the drug combination is suspected in at least 17 deaths. Officials in Maryland and Michigan are also investigating deaths linked to the drug mix.…

Supreme Court: Heroin Dealer Can’t be Given Longer Sentence Because Client Died

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled a heroin dealer cannot be held liable for a client’s death and given a longer sentence if heroin only contributed to the death, and was not necessarily the only cause. The ruling is likely to result in a shorter sentence for Marcus…