Changes in Admissions to Opioid Treatment Programs in NYC: 2017 – 2020

With identical examples of OASAS FOIL data from 2017 and now 2020, we are able to see in which communities, admissions to Opioid Treatment Programs have increased or decreased. On the map below you can see increases in red, and decreases in blue. Click on the map and hover over any of the dots to […]

Opioid Treatment Deserts 2020

New data from the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) allowed us to map the inverse of what people typically map – a lacuna. In particular, we were interested in learning which Community Districts in New York are Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) deserts. The resulting map shows the communities in New York […]

OTP Locations and Admission Totals

Our latest Greater Harlem Coalition data from a 2019/2020 FOIL request to OASAS has yielded a map of the location of Opioid Treatment Programs in New York City and their admission totals: Zooming into Harlem and East Harlem you can see the local clusters licensed by OASAS that have oversaturated Harlem and East Harlem as […]

Oversaturation in CB11

A resident of CB11 has undertaken an amazing analysis of how oversaturated East Harlem is: While East Harlem has 1.5% of New York City’s population, it has 13.6% of New York City’s drug treatment capacity, according to data as of 2019 from NY agency OASAS. The graphic below illustrates how severely East Harlem is oversaturated […]

Where Are They From?

The Greater Harlem Coalition has researched and repeatedly proven the oversaturation of substance use programs in Harlem and East Harlem using data from the agencies responsible. Our neighborhood hosts many more addiction programs than are justified by our population, by our addiction rates, or even by the drug related (overdose) death rate. Given this, it […]

New FOIL Data from OASAS

In August the Greater Harlem Coalition submitted a FOIL request to OASAS, the NYS agency that licenses every single addiction program in New York State (and who refuses to meet with HNBA, State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, or The Greater Harlem Coalition…) in order to discuss their decades-long practice of locating addiction programs in Black and […]

Opioid Treatment Deserts

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 […]

Oversaturation by Community District (Community Board)

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 Carries More Than Its Fair-Share

East Harlem (in red) hosts OASAS licensed Opioid Treatment Programs that other, wealthier zip codes have rejected. This is a clear illustration that OASAS supports medical redlining and asks low-income communities of color to take more than their fair share of programs. OASAS Licensed Opioid Treatment Program Capacity Totals (by Zip Code)

Staten Island v Harlem (Part 2)

In 2018 Staten Island had 50% more premature drug-related deaths than Harlem, yet Harlem has 6 times the Opioid Treatment Program capacity. As a result, many Staten Islanders have to travel to other boroughs (and to Harlem, for example) for help in their struggle with addiction. OASAS Licensed Opioid Treatment Program Capacity – 2018

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