February 21, 2018 New York City Opioid Crisis For The New York Times This is a continuing body of work that covers the New York City opioid crisis. It first looks at the epidemic affecting the Bronx, and at the racial disparity of methadone programs. Clara Cardelle, left, and Mike Bailey, right, approach a man shooting heroin in a Bronx park. A site known for heavy drug use in a Bronx park is littered with orange needle tips, blue syringe holders and tie-off's used for injecting heroin. Outreach specialist, Jerome Sanchez, sitting, at a syringe exchange site in the Bronx. Adriana Perrichi demonstrates how to test heroin for traces of fentanyl, which is 100x stronger than heroin, at the corner of East Tremont and Arthur Ave. in the Bronx. An HIV testing van at the intersection of Tremont and University Ave. in The Bronx. Melrose Ave and 149th St. in The Bronx. Outreach worker, Kelly Culbert. Outreach worker, Kelly Culbert, right, consoles her friend, Jackie, left, after shooting up in the Bronx. Jackie outside a bodega in the Bronx after shooting heroin. Open-air drug den and shooting gallery formerly known as "The Hole." The site was bulldozed and shut down by the city of New York in May 2017. Kelly and Jackie share a cigarette outside a syringe exchange site in the Bronx. Noa Barreto on a train to Gowanus. Five days a week, he commutes from Bay Ridge to Gowanus to attend a methadone program. Noa walks from the Smith St. subway station to a methadone clinic in Gowanus. Noa's take-home methadone bottles in a paper bag. On Fridays, he is allowed to take home two bottles of methadone - one for a dose on Saturday, and one for a dose on Sunday. Noa takes methadone at his home in Bay Ridge on a Sunday morning. Noa Barreto walks out of a job interview for a position as a parking attendant. He was offered the job but had to turn it down because it interfered with the methadone program. JC Marin and his wife, Lis Neilson, sit in the back of a car after attending a methadone program at a clinic in Gowanus. Six days a week he and his wife travel from Copiague, Long Island to Gowanus to attend the program. JC in his downstairs basement at his home in Copiague, where his basement bears the remnants of his time working as a handyman. Lis and JC doing chores at home. "Every day I wake up, I go to the clinic, and then I come back home. The next day I do it all over again," Lis said. JC at home Underlining in a copy of "Alice in Wonderland" that Lis made when she was a teenager, at her home in Copiague, Long Island. Lis said she started using drugs when she was in high school. Lis in her room JC Marin kisses his wife, Lis Neilson, goodbye at their home in Copiague, Long Island. In 2013, they lost custody of their son and daughter to CPS because of heroin addiction. The children now live with a new adoptive family, and JC and Lis haven't seen them in almost a year. "I'm missing the only two things I ever need," Lis said of her children. On one wall of Ms. Nielson’s house, the shadow of a former painting is clearly visible; Lis said it was of her son, but she could not bear to display it any longer.