Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in New York State

Reported Overdose Deaths in New York Have Reached a Record High

New York, like many states, is suffering the consequences of an opioid epidemic. The New York State Department of Health focuses on statewide prevention activities to build a coordinated approach to fight addiction, reduce deaths from overdose and evaluate state and local programs. Efforts include:

  • Identifying and sharing data between agencies and affected communities
  • Developing training for health care providers on addiction, pain management and treatment
  • Making the prescription drug monitoring program easier for providers to access and use
  • Providing resources to assist communities in combating the opioid epidemic at the local level
  • Coordinating statewide and community programs to improve the effectiveness of opioid prevention efforts.

As a result of these efforts, New York has restrictions on opioid and other controlled substance prescriptions. New York has also established educational programs for healthcare providers on safe prescribing practices. The state is working to expand the availability of the overdose prevention drug naloxone, and buprenorphine, a type of Medication Assisted Treatment.

Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Educational Resource

To address the increase in substance use disorders, the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the Education Department have created the New York State Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Educational Resource flash drive. The flash drive will be offered at no charge to New York State schools as a guide for personal conversations and community forums to help prevent and address substance use among young people. A list of resources with online links can be found in the Resource letter below.

Know the Risks

Be informed. Learn more about opioids and the dangers associated with taking them. Take steps to protect yourself and your family.

Recognize the Signs of Opioid & Other Drug Dependence

Anyone can use opioids and other drugs, anyone can develop a dependence, and anyone can overdose. Know the warning signs before it’s too late.

Prevent an Overdose and Get Treatment

If you or someone you love is using drugs or may be addicted, take steps to protect yourself or loved one from overdose and find treatment.

Learn about N-CAP

The Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP) can cover up to $40 in prescription co-payments to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses when getting naloxone at a participating pharmacy.

N-CAP Consumer Fact Sheet

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