New York state is in the middle of a drug and alcohol overdose epidemic. From 2010 to 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the state rose by 121 percent. In Brooklyn, 90 percent of drug-related hospitalizations involved heroin use. New York has one of the highest rates of drug and alcohol-related overdoses in the country. The rate of drug overdoses in the United States is growing, but in New York state, the numbers are skyrocketing.
Defining New York’s Addiction Problem
Drug and alcohol overdose rates are sometimes difficult to calculate. States don’t always report overdose deaths to the same agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps records of deaths but relies on state’s individual reporting for accuracy. To complicate things further, there is a lag time between patient death and formal reporting. Multiple agencies are involved when an overdose death occurs, causing slow reporting of information. Considering these discrepancies, overdose rates for New York state are higher than average on multiple national reports.
More New Yorkers die from overdoses than homicides, suicides, and car accidents combined. Most of these deaths occur in New York City. Overdoses have heavily affected all five New York City boroughs. Unfortunately, the number of overdoses from opioids and heroin grows each year. State and local governments are working to implement legislation to reduce numbers, but New York interventionists may the best source of relief.
Opioids And Heroin Addictions In New York State
The most commonly cited drugs causing overdoses in New York state are in the opioid class. Prescription opioids include oxycodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and morphine. Family members, caregivers, and friends of those with a prescription can easily take the medications without the patient’s knowledge. Those who steal opioids can sell them for a profit. Those who use opioids are also at a higher risk for trying heroin. The progression from prescription opioids to heroin typically occurs due to increased drug tolerance or for financial reasons. Many users find heroin to be more cost-effective for habitual use.
In New York, statistics show treatment admission rates for heroin and prescription opioid use is significantly higher than national averages. In 2014, treatment rates for heroin in New York state reached 468 out of every 100,000 people. The national average for the same period was 118 out of every 100,000 people. New York is in the top four states for both heroin and opioid overdose deaths. The number is growing by the day as more people become addicted and go untreated.
Ending The Addiction Cycle
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, find an addiction specialist now. Family First provides an interventionist in New York, with the option to start treatment immediately. Our organization will meet with you and your family to establish an effective intervention. Drug and alcohol addiction tear families apart, as family members don’t understand how to stop a loved one’s decline into addiction. Our team of intervention counselors will help you understand your loved one’s behaviors and find him or her the help needed.
Our New York intervention process occurs in three phases:
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Family First provides New York addiction help for all ages and addiction types. Our approach focuses on the family, educating each member about the disease. We work with you to ensure your family rebuilds and can begin a new life, free from addiction.