New database tracks prescription drug crimes for New York City region

February 15, 2013

By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A database is giving law enforcement in the New York City region a new tool in the fight against prescription drug crimes.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the database is the first of its kind in the country.

He's officially unveiling it along with law enforcement officials on Friday.

The database gives law enforcement information on prescription drug-related crimes from around the region.

The goal is to detect patterns that law enforcement can use in determining where best to put their resources.

The database has been running since the start of the year. There are just over 100 cases in it, including 50 burglaries and 32 robberies.

Schumer tells The Associated Press he hopes the database will expand to the rest of the country.

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