Alcohol and Drug Use

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) can be used to identify, and reduce unhealthy alcohol use in a variety of healthcare settings. Learn more.

Opioid Prescribing

Health care providers can play a central role in reversing the epidemic of opioid analgesic misuse and overdose deaths. Find resources for safe and judicious prescribing.

Overdose Prevention

In New York City (NYC) there were nearly 10,000 unintentional drug poisoning (overdose) deaths during the years 2000-2013, an average of 700 unintentional overdose deaths per year.
Learn more about what you can do.

Overdose Prevention in Pharmacies

Under a citywide non-patient specific prescription, pharmacists can dispense naloxone to individuals at risk of opioid overdose and their concerned family members and friends. Learn more about this initiative.

View a list of participating NYC pharmacies.

Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder (addiction) is a treatable health condition. Learn more.

NYC DOHMH’s Buprenorphine Training and Technical Assistance Initiative provides free buprenorphine waiver training and technical assistance for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants practicing in NYC. Buprenorphine is an effective medication for treatment of opioid use disorders, and can be prescribed in office-based primary care settings. Physicians are required to complete an 8-hour training in order to apply for a waiver; nurse practitioners and physician assistants must take 24 hours of training (inclusive of the 8-hour training) in order to apply. This course fulfills the 8-hour training requirement. The half-and-half format will include approximately 4 hours of online training due prior to approximately 4 hours of in-person training. For more information, including dates of upcoming trainings, please email

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