Finding answers to New York’s most pressing substance use and gambling concerns
Substance use and gambling are pervasive issues across the U.S. The data collected by ICF for the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) 2016 Household Survey is now supporting the development of programs in prevention, treatment, and recovery within New York.
Effective programs start with rock-solid data collection
OASAS needed comprehensive data from adult residents to provide statewide and regional estimates of substance use disorders, problem gambling, and certain gambling behaviors—as well as a comorbidity of substance use disorders and problem gambling. Data were also required on specific drugs such as heroin, prescription opioids, and other substances like synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.” This information was critical to the success of programs for prevention and treatment.
Getting answers to hard questions
The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) brought ICF aboard to manage the 2016 Household Survey end-to-end, from questionnaire and sample design to data collection and weighting of the responses. Ultimately, we gathered over 5,000 complete responses from representative populations across New York. The data provided the state with reliable, up-to-date prevalence estimates of substance use disorders (SUDs).
Turning data into action for prevention and intervention
Armed with actionable data, state legislators can better address the growing public health concerns associated with substance use and gambling. We provided the state with the means to produce accurate estimates of increasing epidemics like opioid addiction that can be translated into enhanced prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts within New York. The state is now able to measure the size of specific addiction issues across different regions of the state—the survey data give a clear picture of each problem and is now guiding solutions.
“It’s great to know that states like New York are taking action to try and better understand addiction within their borders. Surveys like this can be incredibly helpful to assess prevalence not only at the state level but also at local levels, enabling state departments to better target prevention and treatment programs.”
-Thomas Brassell, Survey Research Project Director, ICF
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