Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
New York police may soon be able to get expedited warrants to conduct involuntary blood-alcohol tests on drunk-driving suspects, the New York Times reported Nov. 14.
The policy, drawn up by the New York Police Department and local district attorneys, will allow officers to seek a warrant as soon as a suspect refuses a voluntary blood-alcohol test; the current procedures effectively prevented police from securing a warrant until the suspect was brought to the station house.
The change came after two NYPD officers were involved in a fatal crash and refused to take breath tests at the scene. In one case, a blood-alcohol test wasn't conducted until seven hours after the crash, and no trace of alcohol was found. The new rules are expected to speed up warrant-driven tests by two hours or more.
Some states don't require a court order to draw blood samples from drunk-driving suspects.