NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Briefing: Assessing and Mitigating Risk – Exposure to Fentanyl in New York City

New York, NY

In 2017, fentanyl and/or fentanyl analogues were involved in 57% of accidental drug poisoning (overdose) deaths in New York City, making it the most common substance found in overdose deaths. Presenters will share findings from studies on the implementation of test strips in syringe service programs (SSPs) and the exposure to fentanyl among syringe exchange participants. They will also explore findings from a qualitative study on how the transactional nature of illicit drug markets discourages conversations about fentanyl. These studies have important implications for how we understand and respond to fentanyl exposure and overdose deaths.


  • Michelle Nolan, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist
  • Alex Harocopos, PhD, Director of Qualitative Studies
  • Tino Fuentes, Harm Reduction Consultant 


New York University
726 Broadway
Room 701
New York, NY 10003