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Over the past few months I’ve posted several graphics and charts about heroin abuse in our state. I thought it would be good to put together a brief synopsis, of the various graphs and maps I’ve done.

Heroin abuse doesn’t effect all counties equally, indeed some counties are particularly hard hit.

3 Yr Average For Visits To ER For Opioid Overdoses Per 10k Population

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Overall in the past decade, heroin deaths are up dramatically across the state.

Heroin and Opiods Deaths, 2003-2014

Indeed, heroin is the fastest growing reason people are checking themselves into drug rehab facilties in our state.

Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015

The growth of heroin has displaced the abuse of cocaine and crack in our state.

Services Delivered for Cocaine Users in New York State

Despite common myth, drug possession arrests nationally follow closely the racial breakdown, at least in 2015.

Race of those Arrested for Crimes (2015)

Services Delivered for Cocaine Users in New York State

Much fewer people are seeking services for cocaine use in the past few years, compared to years past. Heroin has become the drug of choice, largely offsetting use of other drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified chemical dependence treatment programs report admissions of people served in programs throughout NYS. This dataset includes the number of admissions to NYS OASAS certified treatment programs aggregated by primary substance of abuse group.
Data Source: https://data.ny.gov/Human-Services/Chemical-Dependence-Treatment-Program-Admissions-B/ngbt-9rwf

Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015

In the past seven years, fewer New Yorkers are seeking treatment for chemical substance abuse, especially alcohol and marijuana abuse, but treatment for heroin and opoid abuse has increased.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified chemical dependence treatment programs report admissions of people served in programs throughout NYS. This dataset includes the number of admissions to NYS OASAS certified treatment programs aggregated by primary substance of abuse group.

Data Source: https://data.ny.gov/Human-Services/Chemical-Dependence-Treatment-Program-Admissions-B/ngbt-9rwf

U.S. Proposes A Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing.

Smoking indoors does a lot of damage to property, by leaving a thick film of soot on the walls and ceilings of buildings. The public shouldn't have to pay for cleaning on public housing due to smokers. Smoking is a disgusting habit due to all the pollution it produces indoors and out, and with all the cigerette butts.

If people want to smoke, they can smoke outdoors, just like they have to do in most other public buildings in most states. You can't light up in a library, an office building, grocery store, or most government buildings anymore.