New York State's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

Drug overdose is a serious public health concern and opioid-related overdose has increased as a health threat. A life-saving law took effect on April 1, 2006, making it legal in New York State for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. All registered opioid overdose programs are furnished Naloxone (Narcan) by the NYSDOH. It is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin (or other opioids) in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.

What's New?

  • The New York State Department of Health analyzed statewide data systems to generate and provide county-level opioid data. The reports contain data on overdoses involving opioids for emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. The reported data are preliminary and do not capture the full burden of opioid abuse and dependence in New York State. The two reports are the first in a series of opioid reports that NYSDOH will release on a quarterly basis:
    • The 2015-2016 report contains preliminary data for Q1-Q4, 2015, 2015 total, and Q1, 2016 for counties outside of New York City, and may be updated in subsequent reports.
    • One supplemental statewide report for Q1-Q4, 2014, and 2014 total, to be used as a baseline for comparison with other reports.
  • Fentanyl Alert - August 2016
  • Naloxone Now Available at Over 2,000 Pharmacies Statewide - Find a Pharmacy Near You!