The drug crisis is a top priority in the city.
The City Council recently passed a bill that will provide free fentanyl test strips and naloxone to bars and clubs.
Naloxone is the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, including fentanyl. The strips are used primarily to test a drug to see if it has been laced with fentanyl, which the CDC says is up to 50 times stronger than heroin.
As NY1 continues to shine a light on recovery this month, Ann-Marie Foster, president and CEO of Phoenix House of New York and Long Island, joined "News All Day" to speak about addiction treatment.
Foster says that we have to treat the drug addiction crisis with a harm reduction approach to help save lives.
Drug addiction is on the rise, and fentanyl is at least partly to blame. According to the city’s health department, fentanyl is also involved in over 81% of all overdose deaths in the city.
Often, people are not seeking the fentanyl but it is mixed in with a different drug (ex. cocaine) without their knowledge. It is so powerful, it can lead to death.
For information on treatment, you can go to PhoenixHouseNY.org.