NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Briefing: Race, Risk, and Stigma – Drug Courts and Public Injection in New York City

New York, NY

The presenters will share data and findings from three studies that illustrate structural racism and drug use stigma in New York City. First they will present the findings of a study examining criminal justice involvement among overdose victims that suggests that over half of people who died of overdoses in NYC would have been excluded from traditional diversion programs. These findings have important implications for the role of diversion programs in overdose prevention, especially if inclusion criteria is excludes high-risk individuals. They will also present findings from two other studies about public injecting and the feasibility of safer consumption spaces to address public injection and syringe disposal.


  • Shivani Mantha, Epidemiologist
  • Sadat Iqbal, Field Researcher 
  • Bennett Allen, Research Associate

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