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.
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 (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.
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.