2022 saw a record number of overdoses in New York City... but one bright spot in this darkness is OnPoint NYC, writes David Sandman, president of the New York Health Foundation, in his new blog.
Since launching in November 2021, our Overdose Prevention Centers have saved countless lives and directed thousands of community members to vital services to improve the quality of their lives. In our baseline report, learn more about the first year of operations and the incredible impact in helping tackle the overdose crisis.Baseline ReportMake A Donation
As the first organization in the United States to launch two Overdose Prevention Centers (also known as Supervised Consumption Centers) in New York City, OnPoint NYC is dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of marginalized people who use drugs or engage in sex work.LEARN MORE
Our Drop-In Centers are no-barrier, walk-in spaces at both locations, where we offer hot meals, coffee, food, showers, bathrooms, and laundry.
We provide syringe exchange, safer drug use supply provision, education, and counseling to reduce the potential harms associated with drug use and needle-sharing.
We made history and became the first organization in the US to open two OPCs that monitor drug consumption on-site.
We offer an array of in-house clinical services including HIV and Hep-C testing, wound care, MAT, medical assessments, linkage to other addiction treatment programs, and counseling.
Call us at (718) 415-3708 to report syringe litter and public drug use. We'll dispatch a team to clean up the area and help divert public use. We also educate our community members on harm reduction, overdose intervention, and other services.
We have teams of case managers at both locations who conduct mental health services, benefits navigation, advocacy, health navigation, drug education groups, counseling, case conference sessions with various providers, and modalities for safer drug use.
OPC Participants Served since Launch In November 30, 2021
units of hazardous waste collected
These numbers are preliminary.
On November 30, 2021, we made history and became the first organization in the United States to open two Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) in East Harlem and Washington Heights.
The program is designed to reduce overdose death and other health risks associated with drug use, and to promote lasting connection into care. Further, the OPCs seeks to significantly reduce instances of public drug use and syringe litter in parks and public spaces. The overarching goal is to promote safety, wellness, and dignity for participants of the program and the larger community where these programs operate.
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"With open arms, we provide a safe, humanizing space, which benefits our people and the community. The community is asking for harm reduction, they just may not know that’s what it’s called.”
“If I hadn’t been connected to OnPoint NYC, I wouldn’t be alive today.”
"At OnPoint, people are received with love and without love, there is no harm reduction. If you’re not seeing someone as a full human being, you’re not practicing harm reduction. This is what sets us apart from other organizations and modalities."
Through our compassionate and effective approach, we’ve saved over 1,000 lives. With your support, we can save many more.