[Photo by Steven]
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer held a press conference this afternoon outside the Orpheum Theater on Second Avenue to discuss his proposed drug legislation in the aftermath of the recent K2 mass overdose in Bed-Stuy.
Here's more from the Associated Press:
Schumer is pushing legislation to add 22 substances to the federal list of banned drugs following a mass overdose in Brooklyn last week that sent 33 people to hospitals.
Schumer's bill would ban substances, including three derivatives of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, and 19 others that are used in efforts to mimic the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.
He says that since 2015, more than 6,000 synthetic drug-related emergency department visits in New York City and two confirmed deaths have been blamed on K2.
An aide told EVG correspondent Steven that Schumer picked the East Village for the press conference because it's a diverse neighborhood and K2 is a problem affecting everyone.
And some reaction via Twitter...
Thx @SenSchumer for staging K2 press conference in the drug infested East Village. Hopefully it'll send a message to realtors to stay away!— Jena Friedman (@JenaFriedman) July 17, 2016