STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The borough noticed 43 overdoses within the first 68 days of the yr, in keeping with data from District Lawyer Michael E. McMahon’s workplace.
Of the 43 overdoses, 20 have been deadly and 23 have been “saves” utilizing naloxone.
There have been the identical variety of overdoses via March 9, 2020, nonetheless, this yr there was one further save in contrast with 2020, when there have been 21 fatalities.
The overdose numbers are tracked in actual time via the NYPD and district lawyer’s Overdose Response Initiative (ORI) and are preliminary. Numbers are topic to vary as remaining toxicology reviews and new data is acquired.
The variety of overdoses to date in 2021 — and from the identical interval in 2020 — is a sharp increase from 2019′s first quarter when there have been 33 overdoses, 9 of which have been deadly.
Final April, the district lawyer’s workplace stated it hadn’t seen a dramatic increase in overdoses at first of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, nonetheless, the variety of overdoses doubled — there have been 50 fatalities and 85 saves — in the six months that followed.
By Oct. 30, the district lawyer’s workplace was investigating 73 fatalities and 118 saves.
There have been 212 complete overdoses in 2020, preliminary knowledge confirmed, a lower of 6.61% in comparison with 2019 when there have been 227. On the time, McMahon stated he was nonetheless “deeply involved,” regardless of the discount, due to traits throughout the nation that confirmed rising numbers through the pandemic.
IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE
Overdose traits will have to be intently monitored this yr to see how large of a job the pandemic and its stressors performed within the variety of overdoses in 2020.
Psychological well being and restoration professionals have feared that elevated stress and nervousness, together with isolation and different socioeconomic components, like lack of employment, would prove to be difficult for individuals in recovery and people who are actively scuffling with substance misuse.
On the top of the pandemic, lots of the borough’s useful resource and restoration facilities have been working however had moved to a digital assembly and counseling format as a substitute of in-person because of the restrictions on the time.
Dr. Timothy Sullivan, chair of behavioral well being at Staten Island College Hospital (SIUH) advised the Advance/SILive.com that its outpatient clinics have seen a rise within the variety of individuals searching for remedy — a lot in order that there are ready lists that haven’t been seen earlier than.
Extra persons are searching for inpatient remedy, too, after being quiet for an extended time period and the hospital’s methadone program has additionally seen an inflow of individuals.
“General issues are wanting extra hopeful however I’ve to say, the psychological well being element is regarding — that features substance use — and I don’t assume we’ve seen the complete influence but,” Sullivan stated.
Extended isolation, financial dislocation, long-term well being results from COVID-19, numerous social modifications and grief have been compounded, with many individuals coping with multiple concern at a time, and a few are turning to substances to manage.
“Folks must discover a strategy to have contact with others. The dearth of socialization is an actual concern,” he stated. “And there’s loads of postponed grief. I feel collectively there’s loads of grieving that can happen and the suitable venue for that’s having assist in your neighborhood.”
“Folks must have a purpose to wish to get properly; take into consideration the issues of their life which might be vital to them and the explanations to keep away from the hazards,” he stated.
Even amidst the pandemic, the hospital continues to be a secure place and if persons are in want of assist, they shouldn’t hesitate getting it. For many who can’t or don’t really feel secure but, SIUH is ready to provide digital companies, he stated.
McMahon beforehand stated, “We perceive the nervousness many are feeling, however the very last thing we would like is for individuals to make use of medicine or alcohol as a coping mechanism, so please choose up the cellphone and name us.”
The HOPE group will be reached at 917-334-8019 or by emailing Floyd.Miller@rcda.nyc.gov.
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