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Alcohol and Drug Use

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Drugs & Health

The misuse of illicit and prescription drugs can result in serious health problems including addiction, overdose, and death.  Addiction can happen to anyone. Learn more.

Alcohol & Health

Alcohol plays a significant role in many chronic diseases, violence, and accidental injury.  Each year, more than 1700 New Yorkers die of alcohol-related causes.  Learn more about risky drinking here. Learn more.

Prevent Overdose

Opioid overdoses (including heroin and prescription painkillers) are preventable.  Most overdoses occur 1 to 3 hours after the drug is taken. Learn more about how you can prevent overdose.

Drug & Alcohol Use Services

Learn about the types of care and services available for problematic alcohol or drug use. Services vary depending on severity of need and individual circumstances. Addiction is a treatable health condition. Learn more.

Access to clean syringes has helped reduce the number of new HIV cases among of injection drug users (IDU’s) by 95% in the last 20 years. Approximately 2 million clean syringes are given out each year. Find out where to get syringes. (PDF)

Prescription Pain Relievers

People often think that opioid pain relievers are safer than illicit drugs, but that’s not always true. Even though their purpose is to relieve pain, opioids can cause physical dependence, addiction, overdose, and death. There are many ways to prevent and treat these problems. Learn more.

NYC Drug & Alcohol Data

There is more to alcohol and other drug use than what makes the headlines.  Data about drug and alcohol use and consequences are routinely collected from sources including surveys, insurance claims, and death certificates.  Learn more.

Information for Peers

Peer-delivered services can help people with problematic drug or alcohol use take steps to improve their health. Peer-led services include syringe exchange, recovery centers, peer recovery coaching, peer health navigators, alumni groups, and peer-led mutual support groups including AA and NA. Learn more.

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