HealingNYC tackles opioid epidemic

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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