Health care services have become increasingly unaffordable for residents in the city, with many struggling to pay for basic medical care and medications, and the opioid crisis has pushed many to seek out illegal drugs to supplement their income, according to a study published Tuesday.
In New York, opioid overdoses and overdoses of illicit drugs account for nearly half of all deaths, according the survey by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
New York has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the country, and nearly half the state’s residents are now homeless.
Nearly a third of the city’s homeless population lives on the streets, and more than half of them are veterans, according Kaiser.
Many have experienced homelessness and struggle to find housing, Kaiser found.
The number of homeless residents has also doubled in the last three years.
While the majority of New York’s homeless residents are men, the majority are women, Kaiser noted.
The homeless population has risen by roughly 7 percent, the report found.
Nearly half of New Yorkers who have experienced opioid overdose in the past year were female, while about a quarter of those who were surveyed had a history of substance abuse.
“New York City is facing a crisis of homelessness that is unprecedented in our nation’s history,” said John C. Calhoun, vice president for research and policy at the Kaiser Family Group.
“But there is no question that the city is struggling with a serious public health problem, with rising rates of overdose and homelessness among young people and adults, and with an opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200 people since 2014.”
The survey was based on data collected by the New York State Office of Emergency Management and provided to the New Yorker by the foundation.
The study focused on New York because it is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, as well as the city that has the largest number of opioid deaths.
The city has experienced more than 5,400 overdose deaths in 2016, and a total of 5,200 opioid-related hospitalizations.
Many of the deaths are in the emergency room.
New Yorkers also have higher rates of opioid-induced mortality than any other U.S. city, according a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The rate of opioid overdose deaths has increased by 30 percent over the last 10 years, the CDC said.
In the past decade, New York was among the top 10 overdose hot spots in the U.K. and the U, with more than 10,000 overdose deaths annually, according The Lancet, a medical journal.
Many residents also report that the health care system in the state has become increasingly ineffective.
“I would like to thank the New Yorkers for being patient with me,” said Joshua Lefkowitz, who lives on Long Island.
“You are the best doctors in the world, but you just don’t seem to be doing your job.”