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September 27, 2022 | 5:50 AM | SILive

After success of Staten Island AI overdose prevention program, what comes next?

For Joseph C., surviving the day was his only purpose.


“There was no future, there was no thoughts of Friday,” said Joseph, a South Bronx native who was only identified by his first name and the initial of his last name for confidentiality reasons. “I was going to get what I needed by tomorrow.”


The noxious thoughts that occupied his mind have now changed dramatically.


He is one of the clients of the Hotspotting the Overdose Epidemic Program. The effort, driven by artificial intelligence, helps predict which individuals are at greatest risk for an overdose and connects them with resources to reduce adverse outcomes. Read More.

September 26, 2022 | 5:39 PM | Pix11

New Staten Island program could be a game-changer in treating drug overdoses

More than 3,000 people died from overdoses in New York City last year, the highest number ever. A new treatment program at Staten Island University Hospital could be a game changer. It is called “hot spotting.” It uses an algorithm developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to identify people with a high risk for overdose who have left treatment programs and have little access to care. Read More.

September 25, 2022 | 9:15 PM | NY1

Computer-based pilot program on Staten Island offers hope for opioid epidemic

On Monday, the Health Department gave a grim update to the opioid crisis in the city: 3,026 overdose deaths occurred in 2022. It’s the highest number of fatalities since reporting began in 2000, but an experimental and computer-based program on Staten Island is offering a glimmer of hope


It’s called the Hotspotting Program, and according to Northwell Health, there was an 81% reduction in non-fatal overdoses for those involved. Read More.

September 25, 2022 | 3:42 PM | SILive

New drug treatment touts dramatic reduction in overdoses on Staten Island

A drug treatment program that merges cutting-edge technology with time-honored peer advocacy is touting dramatic success in preventing overdoses on Staten Island.


In the first year of the high tech/high touch Hotspotting the Overdose Epidemic Program, officials saw an 81% reduction in non-fatal overdoses for its engaged participants. Read More.

September 24, 2022 | 4:55 PM | New York Post

New opioid treatment in Staten Island program saves lives, offers hope to addicts

Opioid overdoses dropped dramatically for addicts in an experimental drug treatment program on Staten Island, fueling hope it could ultimately save thousands and help curb a fentanyl epidemic ravaging New York and the nation.


Two overdose fatalities of addicts participating in the Hotspotting The Overdose Epidemic program, which began in March 2022, were reported compared with 11 who did not, according to a new analysis.


In addition, non-fatal overdoses were 81% lower than for non-participants. Read More.

September 7, 2022 | 4:51 AM | Daily Beast

How Bots Can Prevent Opioid Overdoses Before They Happen

 Staten Island has a drug problem. Opioid overdose deaths in the New York City borough are 170 percent higher than the national average. While fentanyl is responsible for the majority of deaths, it’s not the only substance to blame. Overprescribing opioids has contributed to the crisis, as well as the fact that addiction service providers have been spread too thinRead More.

July 7, 2022 | 4:08 PM | SILive

Schumer to push for $3.2B from feds for opioid prevention, treatment, recovery as COVID exacerbates drug crisis 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – At a time when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated Staten Island’s drug crisis, Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to increase funding for opioid and substance misuse by $3.2 billion. Read More.

June 3, 2022 | 9:57 PM | CNA

Settlement funds to combat opioid crisis in the US | Video 

A number of pharmaceutical companies in the US have been forced to settle claims related to a deadly opioid epidemic. Experts have linked the crisis to prescription practices in the country. In the second of this two-part series, William Denselow looks at efforts to change those practices and how settlement funds could be used to help people struggling with addiction. Read More.

Spring 2022 | Spectrum

MIT Sloan Health Systems Initiative Applies Analytics to the Opioid Crisis

MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS DIED FROM DRUG OVERDOSES between May 2020 and April 2021—setting the record for a single year. Most were opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Staten Island, the statistics are especially grim: historically, the area has suffered the highest rate of unintentional opioid deaths out of New York City’s five boroughs and double the rate of the United States overall, with 28.7 unintentional overdoses per 100,000 people each year. Read More.

November 11, 2021 | Government Technology

Staten Island, N.Y., Predicts Opioid Overdoses With AI



(TNS) — Two days after leaving a treatment facility, Staten Island native Samuel Grunlund, 27, died of a fentanyl-related overdose. Read more.

November 23, 2021 | 11:59 PM | CBS New York

Staten Island family advocating for new artificial intelligence program that aims to prevent drug overdoses

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So many families have felt the
pain of losing a loved one to a drug overdose, and now, new
artificial intelligence technology is being used to help prevent
such tragedies. Read More

November 10, 2021 | 5:22 PM |

‘Hotspotting the Opioid Crisis’:
Here’s how artificial intelligence
will identify those at-risk for
an overdose

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Two days after leaving a treatment facility, Staten Island native Samuel Grunlund, 27, died of a fentanyl-related overdose. Read More

March 20, 2019 | MetroFocus

A Handle on Heroin

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a medical group on Staten Island have partnered on a groundbreaking approach to treating heroin addiction. Watch on YouTube