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.
In 2003, 421 New Yorkers died of heroin and opiod overdoses. By 2014, the number of heroin and opiod deaths had grown to 1,443.
Data Source: NYS Health Department. https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Vital-Statistics-Opioid-Related-Deaths-by-County-B/sn5m-dv52
2015 Health Department Data on Opioid (Heroin) Overdoses: https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/All-Payer-Opioid-Related-Facility-Visits-in-New-Yo/rxm6-fp54
County Population Data: https://www.census.gov/popest/data/counties/totals/2015/index.html
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.