2015 a record year for heroin arrests, data shows


DAVID? DAVID: SENATOR KING SAYS THE HEROIN AND OPIATE EPIDEMIC IS THE TALK OF WASHINGTON. AND TODAY, HE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN CALLED ON THEIR COLLEAGUES TO FUND THIS EMERGENCY BILL. THE SENATORS SPOKE ABOUT THE 600 MILLION DOLLAR PLAN AT YORK HOSPITAL. BOTH SAY THE FIGHT AGAINST IS — AGAINST THIS IS NOT ABOUT MORE DRUG AGENTS AND MORE TREATMENT, BUT A MIX OF BOTH. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DRUG OVERDOSES IN MAINE IS EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 230 AND 250 FOR OPIATE-RELATED DEATHS HAVE 2015. QUADRUPLED NATIONWIDE. AND BOTH SENATORS SAY YOU CAN’T FIGHT THIS SURGE WITHOUT MORE HELP.>>AT THE VERY MOMENT WHERE THIS CRISIS IS ACCELERATING, THE CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH IT IS DIMINISHING.>>WE CONFRONT A REAL NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND WE NEED AS SENATOR KING SAID, WE NEED A RESPONSE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, WHICH YOU ALL ARE DOING, AT THE STATE LEVEL, BUT WE NEED MUCH MORE ACTION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS WELL. DAVID: THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS 600 MILLION DOLLAR BILL COMES AS NEW DATA FROM THE MAINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SHOWS HEROIN ARRESTS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. DRUG AGENTS MADE 265 ARRESTS ACROSS MAINE LAST YEAR. THAT IS UP MORE THAN 20% FROM LAST YEAR. — 2014. AND 200% FROM THREE IS AGO. THE COUNTIES WITH THE MOST ARRESTS, CUMBERLAND, PENOBSCOT AND YORK. DAVID: WE’VE PUT TOGETHER THIS HEAT MAP TO SHOW YOU WHERE THESE ARRESTS ARE HAPPENING. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW ON WMTW.COM INSIDE OUR APP AND

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