Data behind our issue

Our Coalition is data-driven. Below are some of the visualizations that emerged from our FOIL requests to OASAS (Office of Addiction Support and Services). These maps and charts prove that Harlem and East Harlem have been the victims of systemically racist policies that have oversaturated our streets with programs that wealthier and whiter neighborhoods have successfully rejected.

There is almost a perfect concordance between the distribution of OASAS licensed OTPs and residential districts that were redlined in 1938. Note that 96% of all OASAS licensed OTPs in residential neighborhoods are located in formerly redlined communities


Note that this study shows that opioid treatment commuters fail their treatment much higher rates if they travel long distances for care:
Note that this does not include arrests for possession
Density of Drug Treatment Programs by Zip Code. East Harlem has the most programs
75% of users of opioid treatment program patients who are treated in Harlem and East Harlem, commute into our community for their care

Staten Island has more drug related deaths but less drug treatment capacity than Harlem

To request underlying data, write to Greater Harlem Coalition.

See all past posts on data visualization

Below are selected news articles covering the arrests of drug dealers in Harlem. Oversaturation directly contribute to drug related criminal activities in Harlem and put undue burden on the police forces in Harlem:

  1. 2020 Dec : 14 drug dealers arrested (iRadio)
  2. 2019 Apr: 20M In Narcotics Found In Harlem (Patch)
  3. 2019 Mar : This block in Harlem has become ‘flea market for drugs’ (NY Post)  
  4. 2019 Feb : Charged in drug dealing on 123 street near 5 schools (NY Daily News)
  5. 2015 Sept : 19 men associated with drug dealing have been indicted (The Epoch Times)
  6. 2011 Feb : More than a dozen busted for drug dealing on 137 Street (NY Daily News)

Oversaturation of drug treatment centers fuels drug related crimes in the area and overdose deaths of Harlem and non-Harlem residents

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