New York City is facing a drug overdose crisis. Every three hours, someone dies of an overdose in NYC. Substances like fentanyl and xylazine make the drug supply unpredictable and increase the risk of overdose and other harms of drug use. People who use drugs have long faced barriers to receiving the medical and social supports they need because of the stigma and criminalization of drug use.
The Health Department works to reduce the harms of problem alcohol and other drug use and connect all New Yorkers to the services they need. Our resources can help you learn about the health impacts of drug use, how to reduce harm and the services and supports available in NYC.