New York Launches Campaign To Promote Addiction Treatment Resources

By Lindsey Weedston 02/19/19

The "Know Your Facts" campaign will promote information about addiction treatment resources, insurance coverage and support systems.

New York's governor discussing addiction treatment resources
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The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) announced Monday that it is launching a new campaign to educate the public on addiction and treatment resources in the state.

The PSA campaign, called “Know the Facts,” is designed to help direct people to addiction services and help, according to a press release by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez.

The recent press around the opioid crisis in the U.S. has spurred multiple information campaigns about addiction across the country. As the public learns more about the nature of addiction and that there’s no shame in seeking treatment, New York officials have found that there is a lack of awareness about where and how individuals can access that treatment.

“The key is making sure people are aware of the resources available and that they have access to them,” said New York State Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force co-chair and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “Lives can be saved and returned to normal with help and support. With this campaign, we hope to encourage people to start their journey on the road to recovery.”

According to the New York State Department of Health, 12% of residents 12 or older “experience a substance use disorder (addiction or abuse) annually” and over 1.9 million individuals living in the state have a “substance abuse problem.”

The new campaign will run in both English and Spanish throughout the state until March 25. It will promote information about the availability of addiction treatment in New York, insurance coverage and payment, and support systems and resources in place for those who are already in recovery.

According to “Know the Facts,” there are 23 million people in recovery from addiction disorders in the U.S.

The OASAS website includes a database of addiction treatment centers in the state of New York that individuals can search through to find an appropriate program.

The NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard returns results for 555 programs for adults and 244 programs for adolescents when searching within 100 miles of New York. There are also databases for gambling addiction treatment, disability services, and mental health resources, among many other related tools.

“The challenges New Yorkers statewide face in trying to break the grip of addiction are immense, yet they are too often needlessly compromised by stigma and misinformation,” says chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Linda B. Rosenthal. “While New York desperately needs to continue expanding its harm reduction infrastructure, it is vital we take steps to better illuminate and promote the supports already in place.”

The press release also recommends for addiction-related resources and Talk2Prevent for information on how to best discuss addiction and drug use with young people.

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at Twitter: