As evidence of increasing heroin use around the country accumulates and the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman puts a face on the problem, the political class sees an opportunity and takes it. As Humberto Sanchez of Roll Call reports:
A high-profile overdose and the spike in heroin-related addiction has caught the attention of Congress. And now, lawmakers may crack down. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday called heroin an affliction on the nation, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy said he plans to hold a hearing that focuses on law enforcement, because the drug has become an increasing problem in his home state of Vermont.
A high-profile overdose followed up by high-profile hearings.