According to data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2017 alone, 1,487 New Yorkers died from unintentional drug overdose.
- One New Yorker died every six hours from an overdose.
- More than eight in ten (82%) overdose deaths involved an opioid
- Fentanyl, a potent opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was involved in 57% of the overdose deaths.
- By age group, the largest increase in the rate of overdose death was among New Yorkers 55 to 84.
The topic of the next Mini-Medical School session at The City College of New York will be “Opioids Everywhere: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Combatting the Current Crisis.” The speaker is Dr. Howard Greller, Director of Research and Medical Toxicology in the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital Health Systems, who will focus on the current opioid crisis impacting the city and the nation.
The talk is free and will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. on the City College Campus, 160 Convent Avenue, in the North Academic Center (NAC) Ballroom. Refreshments will be served.
The CUNY School of Medicine, located on the campus of the City College of New York, hosts a series of free health information sessions for the Harlem community. Mini-Medical School provides an opportunity to explore various health topics, empowering community members with the knowledge to actively take part in their healthcare and that of their families. With no prior educational requirements, this program is open to all members of the Harlem community. Information is presented in an engaging, easy-to-understand style by health professionals and experts in related fields.
We welcome everyone in the community to attend. RSVP here.
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