New York has the 5th highest opioid overdose deaths in the country.
Clearly, the state of New York has a huge problem with addiction. Opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999 and are steadily climbing.
Heroin & opioid deaths rose faster in New York than almost all other states
Overall, New Yorkers under the age of 40 make close to 64% of opioid treatment admissions and approximately 45% of those are from upstate, 40% are from NYC, and a staggering 14% are from Long Island. No longer are heavy urban locations the main source of deaths. It has moved to the suburbs.
In 2014, heroin was reported as the primary drug in 81% of the opioid treatment admissions and two-thirds of those patients reported daily use of heroin. Current statistics have only risen to epidemic levels.
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo just signed legislation that will invest over $200 million dollars to try to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic which is currently plaguing New York.
He has called for large changes in the state including 716 advanced life support agencies and 379 basic life support agencies being equipped with naloxone, a safe medication that temporarily reverses opioid (prescription pain medication or heroin) overdoses. He is also setting up drug take-back centers, education for first responders as well as for the general public.
Dealing only with the addiction does not ensure a long term recovery. Addiction affects the mind and the body. We teach our residents to develop healthy & positive habits.