Reed and Brooks Hold Roundtable Discussion on Growing Drug Problem in the Southern Tier
Yesterday Tom Reed and Congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana held a roundtable discussion with local health professionals, law enforcement officials, and local officials to discuss the growing drug use problem, and gain input from professionals on ways to reduce the number of drug-related crimes in New York’s Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Of those in attendance were, Assembylman Joe Giglio and Olean Mayor Bill Aiello.
“Illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation and distribution are significant problems that need to be addressed in Western New York,” Reed said. “These types of roundtable discussions are another we way we can care for those who are victims of illegal drug activity and potentially prevent some of our neighbors from becoming victims. I want to thank Congresswoman Brooks for sharing her expertise in criminal justice and law enforcement.”
"Today's roundtable highlighted the vital importance of coordination and collaboration between federal, state and local officials in combating drug-related crimes." Brooks said. "Drugs continue to ruin too many lives and devastate too many communities across our nation. Local law enforcement is beginning to see a surge in heroin usage, particularly by young people. First responders are also seeing a dangerous overdose trend among heroin users and need the community – parents in particular – to help combat this problem. While today's discussion focused on New York's Southern Tier the lessons learned translate to Indiana's 5th District and beyond. I'd like to thank Representative Reed for the opportunity to participate in this event as well as everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to share their perspectives with us."
Last month Chautauqua County was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The designation will allow the county to receive Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials. It also will allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA coordinated initiatives working to reduce drug use and its consequences across the United States.