Drug Policy Alliance hosted a presentation from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) on important new trends in fatal overdoses in 2018. Attendees heard about the latest data and what it means for the city.
Watch the recorded presentation.
Some key points from the data include the following:
- There were 1,444 drug overdose deaths in New York City in 2018, 38 fewer deaths than in 2017, and a rate decrease of 3%.
- For the second year in a row, fentanyl was the most common substance – involved in nearly two thirds of drug overdose deaths. In 2018, 74% of cocaine-involved overdoses also involved an opioid and 45% also involved alcohol.
- Bronx residents had the highest rate of overdose death compared with all other boroughs. By borough of residence, Staten Island residents had the second highest rate of overdose death. From 2017 to 2018, the number of overdose deaths decreased among residents of Brooklyn and Queens.
- Residents of East Harlem had the highest rate of overdose death followed by Crotona-Tremont and Hunts Point-Mott Haven residents.
- Among all races, Latinx New Yorkers had the highest rate of overdose death.
- Among New Yorkers ages 55 to 84, the overdose death rate increased by 11%.