Our End of Year Giving Campaign
“The fact is, if we can teach young people — and people, generally — not to start, it's really, really easy not to take [opioids]” – President Trump
In the midst of the deadliest drug epidemic ever in our country, our government gathered a team of experts and after months of research, attempted to deliver a counterpunch. They missed.
The allocation of a mere $57,000 in public health emergency funding and the shifting of various other budgets to public health will make no noticeable difference on a national scale – especially considering that it amounts to under $1 for each overdose death in 2016. Further, the White House just released a report estimating the 2015 cost of the epidemic to have been $504 billion. Yes, $504 billion.
This is why we are asking you to help us put our nearly 50 years of experience to work so that we can collectively drive the solution that our government has failed to provide. With your help, we are looking forward to:
- Strengthening our ties to our communities and leveraging those relationships to expand both our reach and public understanding of this epidemic
- Expanding the patient population and impact of our newly-opened Teen START outpatient youth mental health treatment facility in Central Harlem
- Continued evaluation of our services to prepare initiatives targeting underserved populations
When you join us in taking these steps by making a tax-deductible donation via the "donate" button above, people will take notice. As New Yorkers, we can set the example and change the way America responds to the opioid epidemic. Since our founding in response to the post-Vietnam opioid epidemic, a half century of learning fueled by our consistently sponsored and published research team has armed us with all the tools we need, except one. And so we turn to you. There’s no time to spare to create a major turning point in this epidemic. But we have hope, because if there’s one thing we know, it’s that nothing can stop a united New York.