NYC Drug and Alcohol Data

The NYC Health Department links data from the Bureau of Vital Statistics and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in order to identify and explore deaths from overdose in NYC.

Each year, we release an Epi Data Brief summarizing the most recently available annual drug overdose death data.



Overdose Deaths by Borough

Overdose Deaths by Race

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Overdose Deaths by Borough

Overdose Deaths by Race





Data Sources

Alcohol use among adults: Data from the Community Health Survey provide information about alcohol use among New York City adults. Data are updated annually. In 2012, an alcohol-focused survey provided more detail about patterns of use, harm related to other people’s drinking, and awareness of selected sales practices and policies. See data tables.

Drug and alcohol use among youth Data from the NYC Youth Risk Behavior Survey provide information about alcohol and drug use among public high school aged youth and associated risk behaviors. Data are updated every two years. See data tables or download our fact sheet (PDF) on drug use related mortality, morbidity, and prevalence among New York City Youth (Ages 15-24).

Hospitalization data Data from the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) allow exploration of alcohol and drug related hospital visits (admissions and emergency department visits). Data are updated annually. See data tables.

Publications Each year, selected data from these and other sources result in publications that assist the public in interpreting the data. See a list of publications about drugs and alcohol.

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