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Facts & Resources About Addiction Intervention in New York

New York has roughly 1.9 million citizens who have a substance use disorder. And this number is based on a 2010 estimate by the New York State Department of Health, so it may be even higher by now. People who struggle with addiction may be binge users or daily addicts, but either way, they all need some form of help in order to stop their destructive behaviors.

Many friends and family members find themselves feeling helpless when it comes to having a loved one who is caught in the trap of addiction. This is why having someone on your side can be so important, and the best way is to have an intervention specialist on the ground with you.

Our intervention counselors are experienced professionals who have helped countless people in New York to get into treatment programs and begin new lives of sobriety. Our team serves the entire country and can come straight to your door, no matter where you are.

Being that the Empire State is the country’s third-most populous state and has its share of substance abuse problems, we’ve built strong working relationships with many New York families over our 10-plus years in business.

The Importance of Doing an Intervention in New York

At Intervention Helpline, our New York addiction intervention counselors take a family-centered approach to every intervention, including helping families chose the right treatment program for their loved one, whether in state or out. An intervention could be just what your loved one needs to avoid the next overdose and to keep the family situation from reaching complete disrepair.

In the following 2-minute video, our founder, Mike Loverde, explains that the substance of choice behind an addiction is almost irrelevant, and that interventions help the family as much as they do the addict:

Take a moment to review the local resources and information provided on this site, including the New York addiction and overdose stats featured below. You can also call us to speak with an intervention counselor who can discuss various options with you regarding your loved one in New York.

New York Addiction Intervention Counselors Want to Help You Root Out Addiction from Your Family.
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Addiction in New York Facts and Stats

If you’re dealing with addiction within the family, we’ve compiled a few New York-specific stats to show that you are far from alone in this battle. We even have some county specific data that you may find helpful. Browse through the stats below, and then call us if you’re ready to schedule an intervention and find professional treatment for your loved one.

How Many New Yorkers Enter Substance Use Treatment?

According to preliminary data from the state’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the following numbers of unique individuals entered an OASAS-certified treatment program in 2016:

  • New Yorkers seeking opioid addiction treatment (including heroin): 66,501 individuals
  • New Yorkers seeking heroin addiction treatment only: 53,108 individuals

And this only has to do with OASAS-certified programs. Those numbers pale in comparison to data collected by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for New York. According to SAMHSA, more than 90,000 New Yorkers entered a substance use treatment program for heroin addiction in 2016, along with more than 16,000 for “other opiates.”

How many New Yorkers overall entered a substance use treatment program in 2016? Nearly 280,000, according to SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS).

What Kind of Drugs Are New Yorkers Most Addicted To?

If you go by the same SAMHSA data set for 2016, these are the types of substances that are sending New Yorkers to a formal treatment program the most:

  • Heroin: 90,218 admissions in 2016
  • Alcohol: 48,690 admissions in 2016
  • Alcohol with secondary drug: 55,014 admissions in 2016
  • Marijuana: 37,243 admissions in 2016
  • Opiates other than heroin: 16,408 admissions in 2016
  • Crack cocaine: 12,892 admissions in 2016
  • Powder cocaine: 8,885 admissions in 2016
  • Tranquilizers (such as benzodiazepines): 4,683 admissions in 2016
  • Amphetamines (such as methamphetamine and Adderall): 2,258 admissions in 2016
  • Sedatives (aka sleeping pills): 1,024 admissions in 2016

New York Heroin Overdose Statistics

Opioid overdoses are the elephant in the room when it comes to talking about drug addiction in America over the last decade or so, and the Empire State is no exception. Deaths via opioid overdose have sharply increased in New York since 2010.

Here are the age-adjusted rates of all opioid overdose deaths and heroin-specific overdose deaths in New York:

  • 2010 Opioid Overdose Deaths: 5.4 deaths per 100,000 residents
  • 2015 Opioid Overdose Deaths: 10.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
  • 2010 Heroin Overdose Deaths: 1.0 death per 100,000 residents
  • 2015 Heroin Overdose Deaths: 5.4 deaths per 100,000 residents

In 2016, opioid-related overdoses led to 8,444 outpatient emergency department visits in New York, as well as more than 3,000 hospitalizations, according to preliminary data.

2016 New York Opioid Overdose Deaths by County

New York Opioid Overdose Death
Want to know if your county has been hit especially hard by the national opioid overdose epidemic? Going by preliminary data from the New York State Department of Health, here are the numbers of opioid overdose deaths (including those involving heroin) in each county in 2016:

  • Albany County: 31 opioid (16 heroin) deaths
  • Allegany County: 6 opioid (5 heroin) deaths
  • Bronx County: 177 opioid (103 heroin) deaths
  • Broome County: 29 opioid (13 heroin) deaths
  • Cattaraugus County: 11 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Cayuga County: 17 opioid (8 heroin) deaths
  • Chautauqua County: 15 opioid (7 heroin) deaths
  • Chemung County: 10 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Chenango County: 7 opioid (5 heroin) deaths
  • Clinton County: 11 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Columbia County: 6 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Cortland County: 8 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Delaware County: 6 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Dutchess County: 57 opioid (27 heroin) deaths
  • Erie County: 238 opioid (67 heroin) deaths
  • Essex County: 10 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Franklin County: 5 opioid (0 heroin) deaths
  • Fulton County: 4 opioid (3 heroin) deaths
  • Genesee County: 10 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Greene County: 8 opioid (5 heroin) deaths
  • Hamilton County: 0 opioid and heroin deaths
  • Herkimer County: 7 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Jefferson County: 10 opioid (5 heroin) deaths
  • Kings County: 198 opioid (97 heroin) deaths
  • Lewis County: 5 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Livingston County: 4 opioid (1 heroin) deaths
  • Madison County: 7 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Monroe County: 81 opioid (45 heroin) deaths
  • Montgomery County: 5 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Nassau County: 172 opioid (71 heroin) deaths
  • New York County: 113 opioid (67 heroin) deaths
  • Niagara County: 44 opioid (13 heroin) deaths
  • Oneida County: 36 opioid (16 heroin) deaths
  • Onondaga County: 70 opioid (40 heroin) deaths
  • Ontario County: 7 opioid (6 heroin) deaths
  • Orange County: 69 opioid (39 heroin) deaths
  • Orleans County: 4 opioid (1 heroin) deaths
  • Oswego County: 15 opioid (9 heroin) deaths
  • Otsego County: 8 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Putnam County: 13 opioid (5 heroin) deaths
  • Queens County: 112 opioid (63 heroin) deaths
  • Rensselaer County: 18 opioid (9 heroin) deaths
  • Richmond County: 65 opioid (29 heroin) deaths
  • Rockland County: 27 (12 heroin) deaths
  • Lawrence County: 12 (2 heroin) deaths
  • Saratoga County: 19 opioid (8 heroin) deaths
  • Schenectady County: 12 opioid (4 heroin) deaths
  • Schoharie County: 1 opioid (0 heroin) death
  • Schuyler County: 1 opioid (0 heroin) death
  • Seneca County: 4 opioid (1 heroin) deaths
  • Steuben County: 5 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Suffolk County: 213 opioid (137 heroin) deaths
  • Sullivan County: 19 opioid (10 heroin) deaths
  • Tioga County: 7 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Tompkins County: 11 opioid (3 heroin) deaths
  • Ulster County: 27 opioid (15 heroin) deaths
  • Warren County: 4 opioid (0 heroin) deaths
  • Washington County: 2 opioid (1 heroin) deaths
  • Wayne County: 4 opioid (0 heroin) deaths
  • Westchester County: 83 opioid (41 heroin) deaths
  • Wyoming County: 3 opioid (2 heroin) deaths
  • Yates County: 2 opioid (0 heroin) deaths
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Page Sources:
https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/opioid/data/pdf/nys_opioid_annual_report_2017.pdf
https://datafiles.samhsa.gov/
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/basas/provisional-overdose-report-second-quarter.pdf

New York City Drug Overdose Death Stats

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, drug overdose deaths remained at “epidemic levels” in the first half of 2017. Here are the preliminary numbers of drug overdose deaths in New York City over the last few years, including the first half of 2017:

  • 2014 Drug Overdose Deaths: 800
  • 2015 Drug Overdose Deaths: 937
  • 2016 Drug Overdose Deaths: 1,374
  • Drug Overdose Deaths in First Half of 2017: 711*

*The boroughs of Brooklyn (170) and the Bronx (166) led the way for the most drug overdose deaths through the first six months of 2017.

And according to the state Department of Health, the heroin overdose death rate in New York City increased from 0.7 to 3.2 per 100,000 residents (age adjusted) from 2010 to 2015. The overall opioid overdose death rate in New York City rose from 3.7 to 4.2 per 100,000 residents over the same period.

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