Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a statewide database that would allow law enforcement agencies to track heroin- and other drug-related overdoses, deaths, hospital admissions and crimes.
The Senator says that DrugStat, would be follow a similar computerized crime-fighting system known as Compstat that has been used by police around the country.
Currently there is no database that tracks illicit narcotics.
The state has seen fatal heroin overdoses skyrocket recently. Heroin is blamed for killing 65 people in the past year – more than double the 29 cases the previous year and only 11 noted in 2011