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City Considers Reforming Drug Laws

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

City lawmakers are hearing suggestions about reforming New York's 36-year-old Rockefeller drug laws. Critics say they disproportionately imprison minorities and have done little to curb drug use. Daliah Heller of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, says the highest population of drug users in the 1970s continues to be the highest now.

HELLER: That same demographic just continues to age and continues to present the highest level of drug use in the population and doesn't appear to have changed.

REPORTER: City councilman Oliver Koppell says New York needs to focus more on treating addiction. He says he'll continue to take suggestions for Rockefeller drug law reform, then present them to Governor Paterson.

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