When we first mapped the location of arrests for these crimes, the map indicated that arrests are occurring throughout the borough – everywhere except, it seems, Central Park:
The map (above) with red dots does not, of course, show concentrations of arrests, so we created another map using a simple white/grey/black scale to show low/medium/high concentrations of arrests for drug or alcohol-related crime:
This can be compared with our map of OASAS opioid facilities in Manhattan (the larger the circles, the larger the client base):
The correlation between the two maps is striking. Wherever OASAS has sited opioid treatment programs, we find more drug/alcohol-related arrests. Not only that: size matters. The larger the OASAS licensed opioid program, the more likely the community is to have high rates of drug/alcohol arrests.
Putting the two maps together to show the correlation:
As we know, correlation is not causation, but what we can say is that the closer you are to an OASAS opioid program, the more likely you are to be affected by drug/alcohol-related crime. Additionally, communities experience greater amounts of crime when a larger OASAS licensed facility is located in their midst.