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29 Addiction Treatment Deserts in NYC

New data from a FOIL request made by The Greater Harlem Coalition to the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) allowed us to see that 29 out of 59 community districts have no drug treatment programs that can dispense opioid medication.

The (above) map is important in that it shows that the vast majority of New York neighborhoods have no opioid treatment programs available to their residents (the red-colored communities). As a consequence, residents in these neighborhoods who are suffering from addiction to opioids are required to commute to communities like Harlem and East Harlem (often daily), for their treatment.

The complete list of districts are here. Examples of community districts without treatment options are:

  • Washington Heights, Upper West Side, Tribeca,
  • Astoria, Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Bayridge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay,
  • Huntspoint, Co-op City, Kingsbridge, Wakefield,
  • Flushing, Bayside, Freshmeadow, Ozone Park

Click on the below to see more specific districts: