Call 911

Call 911 to report someone who may be experiencing an overdose.

Signs of an overdose may include:

  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
  • Slow or stopped breathing
  • Blue, gray, or white lips or fingernails
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds
  • Seizure-like symptoms, such as jerking limbs and muscle spasms
  • Stiff, rigid or wooden-like jaw, chest or torso
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat

Need something else?

Opioid overdoses can be reversed by administering naloxone (Narcan), a medication that temporarily blocks the effects of opioids. It is not harmful if given to someone who is experiencing a non-opioid overdose.

To learn more about naloxone and how to get a kit, go to the Opioid Overdose Prevention page.

Report Public Drug Use

Community engagement and a compassionate response to public drug use is important to promote safety among all New Yorkers. There are many reasons a person may use drugs in public places, including displacement, housing instability, and a lack of access to alternative places where they can use drugs. Criminalization and stigma can increase risk of overdose for people who use drugs and cause other harms to them and their communities.

To learn more about a public health approach to drug use, visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.

You can report drug use in an indoor area including:

  • Stairwells
  • Hallways
  • Lobbies
  • Common areas in buildings

What Happens Next

Your report of past drug use will be used to inform the ongoing activities of DOHMH engagement teams. DOHMH, teams conduct community engagement, consisting of general support and education around mental health, public drug use, and the criminal justice system.

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