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New York

New York is a state located in the Northeastern region of the U.S. It is the 27th-most extensive, 3rd-most populous, and the 7th-most densely populated state in the nation. New York is bordered by New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. New York also has a maritime border with Rhode Island and an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City. New York City is the most populous city in the nation, with an estimated population of 8.3 million. The state itself has a total estimated population of 19,570,261.

New York Drug Use Trends

The state of New York is home to one of the most heavily populated cities in the world, New York City. Residents range from some of the richest to poorest in the state and the diversity of the city's socioeconomic classes is mirrored from one city block to another. With this diversity comes a wide range of substance abuse and addiction problems in New York City and throughout the state. As a primary entry point for illegal drugs, foreign drug trafficking organizations utilize shipping ports and the state's international airports to traffic substances like marijuana, cocaine and heroin into New York State.

Drug Trends and Abuse Patterns in New York

Reports on New York drug trends and abuse patterns reveal an ongoing problem with cocaine, heroin and marijuana among residents as well as an increase in the unintentional drug poisoning deaths due to prescription opioids. While cocaine use among New York residents remains a concern, heroin is considered the greatest drug threat in the state. In the past years, New York City has become a pivotal location for the country's heroin market and is a primary distribution center for the rest of the United States. While many residents perceive marijuana as a "soft" drug, marijuana addiction rates continue to be high in New York. Residents enrolling in New York drug rehab programs named marijuana as their primary substance of abuse or secondary substance of abuse when seeking treatment for drug addiction. Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a problem for residents of New York. In New York City, a wide variety of prescription drugs can be purchased on the street illegally contributing to the state's escalating number of addiction and overdoses cases.

Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

Cocaine use is widespread among the various socioeconomic groups of New York. Bulk shipments of cocaine arrive in New York trafficked in by Colombian criminal organizations. A majority of the cocaine smuggled into New York comes up from southern border-states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Drug traffickers use ground transportation to ship their product across the country. Once the bulk quantities of cocaine arrive in New York they are then broken up and sold at street level by dealers. Recently, purchasing cocaine in New York has become even easer for the user. The development of private delivery services for cocaine in New York City has lead to several arrests. It has also shown a light on the lengths some drug dealers will go to in order to meet New York City's supply and demand level for cocaine.

During 2013, enrollment in New York drug rehab programs for crack cocaine addiction treatment comprised 6.2% of all individuals receiving addiction services in the state. 17,672 individuals were admitted into New York drug rehab centers during 2013 citing crack cocaine as their primary substance of abuse. 65.1% of the individuals receiving crack cocaine addiction treatment in New York during 2013 were male and 34.9% were female. The largest age group was between 46-50 years old followed by 41-45 year olds.


The heroin problem in New York State is extreme. In the majority of other states the primary drugs sending residents into treatment is marijuana or alcohol, in New York it is heroin. During 2013, the number one listed substance of abuse for individuals entering New York drug rehab programs was heroin. 70,212 individuals (24.6%) enrolled in New York drug rehab programs during 2013 for heroin addiction treatment. 44% of these individuals injected heroin as their primary way of using the drug.

Heroin arrives in New York through South American drug trafficking organizations. These criminal groups use cargo planes and commercial airliners to smuggle their product into New York. Once in the state, ground transportation is used to distribute heroin throughout New York and nearby states. Dealers break down the bulk quantity of heroin into smaller bundles of "ten bags" to sell for $100 each.

Prescription Drug Addiction

The rising trend of prescription drug addiction has lead to an increase in the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths in New York. Between 2005 and 2012, opioid analgesic poisoning death rates increased by 50%. The most commonly abused prescription drugs in New York include: oxycodone, alprazolam, buprenorphine, methadone, clonazepam and hydrocodone. During 2013, New York drug rehab programs enrolled 21,434 individuals for other opiates addiction treatment. This made up 7.5% of all drug rehab enrollments during that year in New York. The largest age group to enroll in New York drug rehab programs for other opiates addiction was between the ages of 21-25 years old.

New York Drug Addiction Treatment

Treatment for alcohol and drug addiction begins with an assessment of the individual's substance dependence problem. Once evaluated, the individual will begin their recovery program. While not all drugs are physically addictive (e.g. cocaine, marijuana), most individuals often require a period of withdrawal before they are ready to begin actively participating in treatment. There are many different treatment methods used in recovery and the specific drug rehab program the individual enrolls in will determine what type of recovery methods they undergo. Programs can range from 12-step, medicated treatment, group therapy, individual counseling, behavioral therapy, alternative treatment to holistic methods. Many programs have taken to incorporating several different treatment methods in order to achieve the best results for their clients. It is imperative that the individual understand the type of program they are enrolling in before they begin the process. This ensures their values and beliefs on addiction and recovery are fulfilled and that they obtain the greatest benefit from attending the program.

State Policy Offices : New York

  • Governor's Office Office of the Governor
    State Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224
    (518) 474-8390
  • State Drug Program Coordinator Governor's Anti-Drug Abuse Council
    State Capitol, Room 326
    Albany, NY 12224
    (518) 474-4623

State Criminal Justice Offices : New York

  • Attorney General's Office Office of the Attorney General
    120 Broadway, 25th Floor
    New York, NY 10271
  • Law Enforcement Planning Director of Criminal Justice
    Executive Department
    State Capitol, Room 245
    Albany, NY 12224
    (518) 474-3334
  • Crime Prevention Office New York State Crime Prevention Coalition
    473 Pearl Street
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    (716) 851-4585
  • Statistical Analysis Center Bureau of Statistical Services
    New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
    Executive Park Tower, Eighth Floor
    Stuyvesant Plaza
    Albany, NY 12203
    (518) 457-8381
  • Uniform Crime Reports Contact Uniform Crime Reports
    Bureau of Statistical Services
    New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
    Executive Park Tower
    Stuyvesant Plaza
    Albany, NY 12203
    (518) 457-8381
  • BJA Strategy Preparation Agency New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
    Office of Funding and Program Assistance
    Executive Park Tower
    Stuyvesant Plaza
    Albany, NY 12203-3764
    (518) 485-7919
  • Judicial Agency Office of Court Administration
    270 Broadway, Room 1400
    New York, NY 10007
    (212) 587-2004
  • Corrections Agency Department of Correctional Services
    State Campus, Building 2
    Albany, NY 12226
    (518) 457-8134

State Health Offices : New York

  • New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 1450 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12203-3526
    (518) 474-3460
  • HIV-Prevention Program AIDS Institute
    Corning Tower
    1315 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12237
    (518) 486-1320
  • Drug and Alcohol Agency Bureau of Communications & Community Relations
    New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance
    1450 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12203-3526
    (518) 473-3460

State Education Office : New York

  • State Coordinator for Drug-Free Schools State Education Department
    Washington Avenue, Room 964EBA
    Albany, NY 12234
    (518) 474-1491

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