Combating Heroin

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Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino and members of the county legislature announced the creation of a county-wide drug unit this morning to address the growing heroin epidemic.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the Drug Enforcement Agency to keep a program he says reduces crime and saves lives.  

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany today to lead the call for getting emergency anti-drug trafficking funding into the Capital Region.

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Substance abuse took center stage at the Albany County Courthouse rotunda this morning.

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State lawmakers are hosting a roundtable discussion to examine the rise in heroin and opioid abuse in New York.

Members of the state Assembly are set to hold the event Monday at the legislative office building in Albany.

Representatives from mental health organizations, public health agencies and law enforcement are scheduled to attend, along with drug policy experts.

The Senate is holding a series of similar forums around the state to study the epidemic of opiate abuse and recommend ways to combat it.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman visited Guilderland Police Department headquarters today to announce the first round of awards for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which will provide 39 law-enforcement agencies across the state with funds to equip their officers with naloxone and train them to use the life-saving heroin antidote.

Disturbing signs the heroin epidemic is spreading across New York after authorities say the drug has been found inside a faculty bathroom at an upstate New York elementary school twice since just before Christmas.

Police tell the Times Herald-Record in Middletown they've launched an investigation into the discoveries at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in the rural Sullivan County town of Fallsburg.

Police Chief Simmie Williams says heroin and several needles were found in the men's room on Dec. 19th. He adds heroin was also found in the same bathroom last Tuesday.

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Federal, state and local officials are working together to fight a rise in heroin and other drugs in Chittenden County.