The opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact in diverse communities across the United States, including New York City.
- In 2021, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. reached their highest point ever recorded, with more than 100,000 deaths over 12 months.
- In New York City, someone dies of a drug overdose every four hours. In fact, more New Yorkers die of drug overdoses than homicides, suicides, and motor vehicle crashes combined.
- Opioids are involved in more than 80% of all overdose deaths.
- The Bronx is one of the counties with the highest rates for opioid burden, including non-fatal overdoses and overdose deaths.
Despite these alarming statistics, seeking treatment for chemical dependency and substance use continues to be stigmatized, and for many, it is nearly impossible to find an adequate treatment program that fits their needs. Other opioid-addicted individuals might not be ready to begin their journey toward recovery. Aware of these complexities and to address the growing opioid epidemic, Acacia Network launched the Bronx Opioid Collective Impact Project in 2018, in collaboration with the NY City Council and the Office of Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr., and the Third Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). Click here to learn about our robust network of partners!