New York City is not alone. We’re in the midst of an national opioid epidemic, and heroin laced with a deadly drug — fentanyl — is driving many of these deaths.
In March, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced HealingNYC, the city’s comprehensive initiative to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Through HealingNYC, the city is investing $38 million annually at full ramp-up to increase overdose prevention education and naloxone distribution, expand access to medication-assisted treatment and promote judicious opioid prescribing.
What NYC has done to date:
- 45,000 naloxone kits distributed in 2017
- More than 400 clinicians trained to prescribe buprenorphine in 2017
- 1,000 doctors received 1:1 education on judicious opioid prescribing
- Launched Relay program to reach survivors and help prevent another overdose
- Increased community outreach and public education efforts
Watch the PIX11's interview with Mary Bassett, commissioner of NYC Department of Health, above.
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