By Brooklyn Reader

February 23, 2015, 7:17 am

 

White China, Charles Schumer, drug trafficking, funding, heroine

Senator Chuck Schumer speaks to the crowd at the 2013 Iowa Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, IA
Photo: Gregory Hauenstein

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said the Obama administration should restore and increase funding for drug-trafficking prevention in light of a dangerous new form of heroin that is spreading across the U.S., the Daily News writes.

The drug is a highly potent opiod called “China White,” that is deadly when injected and is now being sold in New York as a “superhigh,” Schumer said.

President Obama wants to cut the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program by $50 million, from $245 million to $193 million.

Schumer says now is not the time to relax controls on drug trafficking, rather given what is now happening, greater funding needs to flow towards beefing up controls: “I simply do not agree with his plan to cut critical trafficking funding,” Schumer said.


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