New York state is in the middle of a drug and alcohol overdose epidemic. From 2010 to 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths rose by 121 percent. In Brooklyn, 90 percent of drug-related hospitalizations involved heroin use during that period.
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 states’ 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 variables, overdose rates for New York state are likely higher than average on multiple national reports.
More New Yorkers die from overdoses than homicides, suicides and car accidents combined, according to the New York City health department. Overdoses have heavily affected all five New York City boroughs. Unfortunately, the number of overdoses on opioids and heroin grows each year.
State and local government agencies are working to implement legislation to reduce the numbers, but New York interventionists may the best source of relief.
Opioid 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:
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, the treatment rate for heroin in New York state reached 468 out of every 100,000 people. The national average during 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. Those numbers are growing by the day as more people become addicted and go untreated.
Where to Go for New York Addiction Help
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 for the addicted individual to be sent to treatment immediately. Our specialists will meet with you and your family to establish an effective intervention.
Drug and alcohol addictions tear families apart, as family members don’t understand how to stop a loved one’s decline into addiction. Thus, our team of intervention counselors will help you understand your loved one’s behaviors and find him or her the long-term help needed.
Our New York intervention process occurs in three phases:
Family First Intervention in New York
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.