It was an eerie quiet in downtown Manhattan last week as the nation’s capital saw its first fatal overdose deaths of the year.
A handful of patients remained at the scene, a few of them crying, as the city’s public health director, Dr. Stephen Loomis, announced the death toll.
It was just the latest reminder that the opioid epidemic is still far from over.
“I think we’re still in an epidemic,” Loomas said.
“We’ve had two deaths.
I think it’s time to say that.” “
There’s a huge, huge gap between what we see and what we’re seeing.
I think it’s time to say that.”
The opioid crisis, in particular, is still an incredibly difficult time for many people.
According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly half of Americans have experienced a substance abuse problem in their lifetimes, and only about 6 percent have been able to overcome it.
The crisis has impacted communities across the country.
In New York, nearly 60 percent of people surveyed have been affected by substance abuse, and the city is now dealing with more than 2,300 overdose deaths.
While it’s easy to blame the opioid drug problem on the overdose epidemic, it’s also possible that a combination of factors have contributed to the death of many people who have been struggling with addiction.
“The number of overdose deaths has gone up,” said Dr. William Schaffner, the executive director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“In other words, we have a higher number of people dying from overdoses now, but the overdose death rate has gone down.”
What’s fueling the opioid problem?
Schaffners assessment is complicated by a few factors.
The opioid epidemic isn’t the only problem facing New York.
New York City, the nation and the world are experiencing a severe economic crisis.
The cost of housing, food and education have all skyrocketed.
Many of the residents who are struggling with opioid addiction don’t have jobs or access to resources, Schaffers study shows.
The city has also seen a rise in homicides, which has prompted a lot of calls to emergency departments and police departments for help.
The heroin and fentanyl epidemic has also contributed to an increase in crime.
“This is the biggest problem facing this city,” Schaffings statement said.
While the numbers on overdose deaths and the number of opioid-related deaths are still small, they’re beginning to get people’s attention.
“People are noticing that this is an epidemic that has been happening for a long time, but we haven’t seen a lot more of the underlying causes of the problem,” Schafers said.
Many people who live in the city are seeing the crisis as an opportunity to make change.
The recent uptick in overdoses has prompted many people to join the effort to address the problem.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will give $1 million to local governments to help with recovery efforts, which include treatment programs and social workers.
Another bill, introduced last week by Democratic State Senator John Flanagan, would fund the implementation of the new program.
A third bill, sponsored by New York State Representative Daniel Coughlin, would increase penalties for first-time drug offenders and reduce their jail time.
Many communities have already begun taking steps to address addiction, including instituting detoxification programs and building safer communities.
But as the crisis continues to spread, the people who are dealing with it are also starting to feel the consequences of the crisis.
According the New York Times, the number the city has reported to the federal government on overdose fatalities rose to 6,500 last year.
That’s up from 4,200 in 2014.
“These are not numbers that are being taken very seriously, and they’re being reported as not happening,” Schaffe told the Times.
“It’s not just happening to New Yorkers, it is happening to everyone.”
The city is currently grappling with the impact of the epidemic, with nearly 60,000 people in jail.
According a recent analysis by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, more than a third of the citys population lives in poverty.
People living in poverty can be especially vulnerable to the opioid painkiller, fentanyl.
The deadly drug can be laced with a synthetic opioid called fentanyl, which is more potent than heroin and is sometimes mixed with heroin.
According for the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fentanyl overdose death count in New York last year was a staggering 1,073.
In 2017, it was 2,724.
That means that more people died of fentanyl overdoses last year than died of heroin overdoses in the entire country.
With more people in jails and more opioid-affected communities in need of help, the city, as well as the country, need to get serious about the crisis and start to tackle the underlying issues.
What’s the solution?
Schaferts plan is to try and bring about the first