Resources for Research and Analysis

Below is a list of data sources and reference material we have used to derive our analysis on oversaturation of drug treatment facilities and homeless shelters:


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

BAckground information on opioid epidemic and activism aimed to push back on placement of drug treatment clinics

  • 2020 Mar: NYC Bronx: A packed townhall meeting pushed back on proposed drug treatment center on Councilman Gjonaj – (cbslocal.com)
  • 2019 Nov: Philadelphia: Residents push back on safe injection site– (NPR)
  • 2018 Sept: Nationwide background info: In 8 years, deaths caused by overdoes doubled. In 2017, opioid related death claimed 49,068 lives, plus cocaine related death claimed 72,306 lives – (nydailynews.com)
  • 2018 May: NYC Inwood & others: Mayor, with support from NYPD, planned 4 new safe injection sites, called “Overdose prevention centers” in Gowanus, Washington heights, midtown and the Bronx despite witnessing quality of life issues in Canada caused by these sites – (NY Daily News, The Daily Wire)
  • 2017: NYC Harlem: 231 bed $25M drug treatment center opened on Wards Island – (nydailynews.com)
  • 2017: Orange country in California: Investigated into homelessness caused by California becoming a “hub for rehab” – (ocregister.com)
  • 2017: North New Jersey: Neighbors demand to know how ‘rehab’ house opened without notification – (northjersey.com)
  • 2011: NYC Financial District: Pushed back on expansion of Maiden Lane Methadone clinic- (DNAinfo)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND ACTIVISM AIMED TO PUSH BACK ON PLACEMENT OF HOMELESS SHELTERS

Useful background information of how the drug treatment industry is structured and funded AND REGULATED:

  • 2020: Lack of drug treatment in rural areas in upstate New York and over concentration in NYC (wisc.edu)
  • 2020 Oct: OASAS and Department of Mental Health might merge (ny.gov)
  • 2020 Jul: Substance abuse treatment programs warn of ‘dire’ consequences from cuts – (buffalonews.com, poststar.com)
  • 2019 April: OASAS revised guidance in recertification to include DCP (Diversion Control Plan) to control resell of dispensed drugs – (OASAS)
  • 2019: OASAS certification application process – (SMA form, OASAS increase form, Instructions for the form, waiver form, introduction, actual regulation, accreditation program)
  • 2019: Wards Island Homeless Shelter Gets New Deal Despite Troubles – (THE CITY)
  • 2017: Minutes recording OASAS’ process of allocating capacities to Binghamton and the key metrics of AMA (Against Medical Discharge) as key success metrics (gobroomecounty.com)
  • 2014: research of variation in treatment received by different race and income groups in NYC – (nih.gov)
  • Insurers resisted covering drug rehab. Then her son overdosed and died– (Vox)

Useful data sources for research: