Thursday, March 1, 2018




Schumer concerned Trump budget could jeopardize federal support to fight opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – A proposal in Washington that could jeopardize the future of HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) in the state is being opposed by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Among the counties designated in the HIDTA program are Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester and Schumer said the administration wants to dismantle the program and move it to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, directly in the White House and that would create what he called “needless bureaucracy and inefficiency” that could negatively impact the program.

“The money has never been the main purpose here,” the senator said. “There are other federal programs that give money and when you give a HIDTA you have access to those other federal programs some of which have been cut in this budget. HIDTA’s importance is the coordination and what it does is it allows our local law enforcement to sit at the table and talk to the feds and it also helps them get more money out of other programs.”

Schumer says shifting administration of the program would return drug-fighting efforts “to the old way of agencies operating on different paths.”

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