Opioid Treatment Deserts

While Harlem is oversaturated with 18% of drug treatment capacities, many districts have no such capacities whatsoever

The distribution of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) reflects the historic and ongoing medical redlining of low-income communities of color. This map of New York City shows (in red) Community Districts that have little or no OASAS licensed programs to support their opioid-addicted residents. As a result, their community members must commute to other, oversaturated neighborhoods for treatment.

Community Districts in red have an Opioid Treatment Program capacity of under 100 for their entire community.
Community Districts in red have an Opioid Treatment Program capacity of under 100 for their entire community.

Oversaturation by Community District (Community Board)

Graph illustrating the capacity of OASAS-certified OTPs
OASAS is oversaturating East Harlem

This visualization illustrates how East Harlem is oversaturated by OASAS. Given that 84% of all opioid treatment programs in CB11 commute into East Harlem from other Community Districts, our community is shouldering far more than its fair share.

East Harlem Burdened By More Than Its Fair-Share

East Harlem (in red, below) hosts a disproportionate number of OASAS-licensed Opioid Treatment Programs, that wealthier zip codes have rejected. This graph clearly illustrates that the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports applies discriminatory medical redlining, forcing low-income communities of color to bear more than their fair share of programs.

OASAS Licensed Opioid Treatment Program Capacity Totals (by Zip Code)

Meeting NYS Assembly Person, Robert Rodriguez

Let your NYS Assembly member that fair share policies must be implemented today!

As you know, OASAS – the state agency that licenses ever addiction services program in New York State – is based up in Albany. New York State Assembly member, Robert Rodriguez’s chief of staff has suddenly gotten wind of The Greater Harlem Coalition and reached out to us to tell us what Robert Rodriguez is doing to stop oversaturation.

The meeting is scheduled on:

Monday, May 6, 2019
6pm
Robert Rodriguez offices
55 East 115th Street, NY, NY 10029
(Madison/115th Street )


Please check your calendar and see if you can make it.  We need a show of numbers to make sure that the Assembly Member takes our message about oversaturation back to Albany.

We really hope to see you there.

NY State Assembly Districts and Substance Abuse Facilities

Map indicating NY State Assembly district, substance abuse facilities are most concentrated in assembly districts representing Central and East Harlem and lower Washington Heights.

Map indicating NY State Assembly district, substance abuse facilities are most concentrated in assembly districts representing Central and East Harlem and lower Washington Heights.