New York's Opioid Crisis from the Ground Up

Despite aggressive action by New York State, drug deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits continue to rise, especially in upstate communities — mirroring a trend seen across the country.

To help policymakers understand and combat the epidemic, we’re tracking New York’s response to the opioid epidemic in a comprehensive, ongoing study that combines aggregate data analysis with on-the-ground research in affected communities.

Our research seeks to paint a detailed picture of policy responses at every level of government, helping to inform and improve future policy decisions.

Follow the research in real time with Stories from Sullivan.


Opioid Deaths Continue to Surge in New York State

Using the most recent Center for Disease Control data from 2016, we find that opioid deaths continue to mount in New York State. In fact, from 2015 to 2016, New York saw the single greatest annual increase in drug-related deaths in six years.

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