In June 2016, the New York State Comptroller releases a report entitled “Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Addiction in New York State.” The report details the rapid rise of overdoses related to prescription opioid misuse and heroin abuse in New York State for the year ending 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. The report informs readers that these tragedies rose at a faster rate than in most other states in the United States.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said:

“Heroin and prescription opioid addiction often come with disastrous consequences, tearing apart families and causing financial ruin.  While New York State and some local governments have taken important steps to reduce heroin and opioid abuse, the costs associated with this epidemic are growing and the health, safety, and prosperity of our communities are at risk.”

New York Addiction Statistics

While prescription medication and illicit drugs such as heroin are part of the substance abuse crisis in New York State so is alcohol abuse. Many of the techniques used in treating prescription medicine and illicit drug abuse are also used for the treatment of those who abuse alcohol.

In New York, there were 825 heroin deaths in the state in 2014. This represents a steep increase over the prior year of 24% or 159 more deaths than in 2013 and almost 25 times the amount of heroin deaths reported in NYS a decade earlier.

According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 75,000 New Yorkers annually have used heroin during 2013 through 2014. This accounts for roughly 10% of all heroin users in the United States. In addition, the rate of heroin deaths due to overdose has exceeded or equaled the national rate each year since 2006. It ranked 19th among the 43 states for which there was available data.

Heroin use in NYS relates to a marked increase in legitimately prescribed pain medication. People that take pain medication often believe that if one pill makes them feel good, two will make them feel better. As their doctors cut them off from pain meds, the cost of obtaining them illegally rises. Eventually, the accidental addict turns to heroin as it is cheaper than, and more easily obtainable than, prescription painkillers.

Alcohol continues to be a problem in NYS, as data from 12 counties underscores.

Counties In New York State with High Rates of Alcohol Abuse
County Percent of Population That Binge Drink
Allegany 22%
Rensselaer 22%
Cayuga 22%
Oswego 22%
Manhattan 22%
Warren 22%
Putnam 23%
Columbia 23%
Clinton 23%
St. Lawrence 23%
Schuyler 25%
Ulster 25%

The duplicate percentages are not typos, there are ties for the ranking of the 12 worst counties for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Where New Yorkers Can Find Addiction Treatment

In New York State, treatment options include outpatient and inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment varies from 30 days to 60 or 90 days.

The Renaissance Project –  Westchester County

The Renaissance Project is a 100-bed residential addiction treatment center in Ellenville, NY. It is a non-profit facility that works with adult men and women. For patients without insurance fees are billed on a sliding scale based on family income and the family’s ability to pay. For some, all fees are waived and the care is free.

The Retreat – Westchester County

Another facility in Westchester County but, it is luxurious and extremely private. Each patient has a private room. Treatment is tailored to individual needs and on discharge patients are given a detailed outpatient plan of treatment. For those needing detoxification services, they are available at Columbia University Hospital. Fees are either self-pay or private insurance.

Striver House (Piggy Back Inc.) – Harlem, Manhattan  

This Harlem-based community drug treatment center offers affordable or free drug and alcohol rehabilitation to men and women. Its primary focus is on women and men who are homeless. Striver House offers holistic based programming for 9 to 12 months in a program that included resocialization.

The Dunes Addiction Recovery Rehabilitation – East Hampton, NY

The Dunes is a luxury 4-acre estate located in East Hampton, NY. The facility offers private bedrooms with private bath, gourmet meals, great outdoor space, and daily activities. Programs include inpatient, intensive outpatient, and aftercare. Self-pay and private insurance are the two methods of payment accepted.

New York Drug and Alcohol Rehabs