Albany County: 
Opioid Report


The opioid crisis has become the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. Over 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017—more than from automobile accidents or firearm-related homicides—and the death rate has risen every year since the late 1990's. 

This website explores how the crisis is affecting Albany County, New York. The links below show data on various topics, from overdoses and hospitalizations to the availability of naloxone, a lifesaving medication used to treat overdose victims. The Community Resources page contains information about numerous services and support programs in Albany County. 

Albany County: At a Glance

This report uses data from the American Community Surveyconducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.

Age Demographics

Race and Ethnicity

The ACS adheres to definitions of race and ethnicity set forth by the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards. These categories are based on self-identification and are "not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically," according to the Census Bureau.

According to the OMB standards, the category of "Hispanic" maps to the concept of ethnicity, not race, and so is not included in this chart. A person who identifies as Hispanic may be of any race or combination of races.

Educational Attainment

Educational attainment refers to the highest grade level or degree that an individual has completed. The data shown here only includes the population age 25 and over.

About the Data

All data is from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates. The table numbers are as follows:

• Quick stats: B01003, B25001, B01002, B19019

• Population distribution, by age and race: DP05.

• Educational attainment: S1501.

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.