Fed & Local Officials to Create First-Ever Heroin Tracking Database

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/21 2014 02:35PM

Updated 05/21 2014 06:19PM

WASHINGTON - President Obama's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will be meeting with New York State Police and local governments to help create the first-ever heroin tracking database.

A press release says the database will be used to track heroin and other drug-related crimes. The database, proposed by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), will help law enforcement identify patterns, crack down on heroin rings across county lines, target resources to high crime areas, determine which drugs are more sought after, and determine necessary security changes in drug distribution networks. 

"We need every tool in our toolbox to fight this rising tide of heroin abuse – data and information-sharing between law enforcement is a really important one,” said Schumer. “So I’m glad the ONDCP heeded my call to provide their expertise and guidance to local and state officials on how to get the ball rolling on statewide data-sharing.”

Federal, state, and local officials will meet within the next 30 to 60 days.  

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