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NY Lawmakers Agree to Partial Reform of Drug Laws

The New York State Senate and Assembly have agreed on a partial reform of the state's Rockefeller Drug Laws. The lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement with Governor Pataki on budget reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Officials Urge NY Pharmacies to Post Drug Prices

After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates pharmacists says it's moving toward helping the uninsured shop smarter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: High Drug Prices in NY

A study by consumer groups has found that prescription drug prices vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy in New York. The study also finds that drug prices in the state are much higher than the national average. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Request Border Security Funding

The maze of islands and St. Lawrence River channels along the St. Regis Reservation near Massena have given the Akwesasne Mohawk community a reputation for smuggling. In the 30s, alcohol came across a mostly porous border with Canada by boat and automobile. In the 1990s the contraband was cigarettes. Around 2000, it was illegal aliens. Today, smugglers favor hydroponic marijuana from Canada. Mohawk tribal police work closely with law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada to stem the tide of illegal border crossings. Yet the tribal police receive no money from Washington for their efforts - even as border security funding rises in response to international terrorism. As David Sommerstein reports, Mohawk chiefs are trying to change that.  Go to full article

No Deal on Drug Law Reform; More Talks Possible

A legislative conference committee on Rockefeller Drug Law reform ended Monday with no agreement on a bill and no immediate plans to meet again. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform Groups Urge Action this Year

Groups involved in reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws have joined together to put pressure on a joint legislative conference committee that will meet on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Advocates of Drug Law Reform Remain Optimistic

The Chair of the Assembly Corrections Committee is pessimistic about the chances for any reform of the state's strict Rockefeller Drug Laws this year. Other advocates for change remain hopeful, and say repealing the laws could save the state money. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Heroin Makes Painful Inroads in North Country

Heroin abuse is making a comeback in New York State. In many parts of the North Country, its popularity has eclipsed cocaine and crack. Most of the heroin use is clustered in Watertown and Plattsburgh, but smaller towns are also being affected. In this third part of our look at heroin abuse, Brian Mann reports that heroin is cheaper and easier to use than ever before.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Smuggling Update

Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile cigarette smuggling busts in the 1990s. In the late '90s and 2000, smuggling Asian illegal immigrants spiked. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Louis Mitchell. Mitchell says alien traffic dropped dramatically after September 11, 2001.  Go to full article

Heroin Addiction in the North Country; Pt. 1

Heroin is cheaper and more available than ever before. In parts of the North Country, heroin has even eclipsed cocaine and crack as the hard drug of choice. For addicts in small towns, finding help can be tough. People who need Methadone treatment often drive hours each day to find the nearest clinic. In this first of a 4-part series, Brian Mann reports from Watertown.  Go to full article

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