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Heroin Addiction Charted in Your Neighborhood

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Check Out This Just-Released Data & How Catholic Charities is Battling Back

Just-released data reveals striking developments in how heroin is hurting your neighborhood.  Here in the Archdiocese of New York– Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan Counties – the scourge of heroin and opioid drugs hit hard. 

But, as you’ll see in the special chart compiled for you, there is some good news among the bad. 

The good news – in contrast to national statistics - is that opioid-related deaths and hospitalizations are down from the prior year in the latest quarter for which statistics are available.  The bad news is heroin and opioid overdose emergency room visits throughout most of our archdiocese has skyrocketed. 

Catholic Charities compiled this data from the New York State Department of Health not only to arm you with the facts but also to share how we are battling back.

 

Archdiocesan Heroin/Opioid Addiction Chart

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

COUNTY

Jul-Sep 2015

Jul - Sep 2016 **

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

DUTCHESS

17

6

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin ODs

 

51

35

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin overdoses

 

13

8

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

ORANGE

18

7

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

24

70

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

16

17

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

SULLIVAN

2

1

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

12

26

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

*

*

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

ULSTER

8

3

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

35

28

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

9

8

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

WESTCHESTER

19

0

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

40

48

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

35

26

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

BRONX

*

*

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

62

144

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

114

88

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

MANHATTAN

*

*

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

53

72

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

66

49

 

 

   

DEATHS caused by All opioid overdoses including heroin

STATEN ISLAND

*

*

Outpatient ER visits caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

46

87

Hospitalizations caused by opioid/heroin Overdoses

 

36

19

* Not available
** Latest quarter for which stats are available Source: www.health.ny.gov/statistics/opioid/data/pdf/nys_apr17.pdf

 

Alive but Still Addicted

Clearly, more readily available Narcan, the prescription medication that reverses overdoses, is saving lives. 

But Narcan cannot reverse the grasp of addiction.  Worse still, heroin and opioids kill nearly 1,000 teens and adults in our archdiocese each year.  In Staten Island alone, close to 90 teens and adults died last year of heroin overdoses.

Fighting Back with Heroin Epidemic Archdiocesan Response Team

That’s why Catholic Charities is taking addiction head on with our new Heroin Epidemic Archdiocesan Response Team nicknamed “H.E.A.R.T.”  we are partnering with Staten Island University Hospital with narcan training for our CYO coaches, referees, and any parish seeking assistance, as well as Carl's House, a Staten Island recovery center to refer those in need of treatment to a proper facility. 

The program will also offer referrals for counseling services through Catholic Charities Parish Counseling Network.  This includes up to six counseling sessions for families in need for $10 per session. 

One of our key centennial initiatives to launch us into the next century, The Heroin Epidemic Archdiocesan Response Team, adds to Catholic Charities arsenal against drug addiction. 

Catholic Charities Treatment and Prevention Services

Catholic Charities provides comprehensive state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment services.  They are individualized and allow for the frequency and intensity of care to be adjusted according to the clinical needs of each individual seeking help. Our staff includes licensed/credentialed: psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and licensed mental health practitioners.

 

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan , for example, runs an in and out-patient Recovery Center in Sullivan County that serves 1,500 people each year.  Our treatment and prevention services also provided services to over 15,000 Orange County students, personnel and parents.

Part of Catholic Charities expanded services in Sullivan County - and another of our centennial initiatives - includes a new state-of-the art recovery center that will be developed in Monticello to provide both residential and outpatient services annually to more than 1,000 individuals suffering addiction.  

"Heroin and opioids are killing our young people and that has to stop.” says Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan.

Contact Catholic Charities if you or someone in your neighborhood needs help fighting heroin and opioid addiction.