First-ever report on Pennsylvania heroin overdoses released
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday released a report analyzing drug overdoses in the state last year, which officials called the first of its kind.
The 89-page report culled information from 62 of the state’s 67 counties on nearly 2,500 overdose deaths.
“Drug-related overdose deaths are increasing nationwide,” DEA Agent Gary Tuggle said in a statement. “As such, it is imperative for law enforcement to maintain awareness of the drugs of abuse in the communities that we serve.”
He said heroin was identified in more than half of the overdose deaths.
In Allegheny County, 307 deaths were attributed to a drug overdose of some sort. Philadelphia was the only county with more, 655.
Tuggle noted that 12 rural counties were among the 20 counties with the highest rate of drug-related deaths per 100,000 people.
Across the state, 64 percent of all overdose deaths were men, and white people accounted for 80 percent of all deaths. Age brackets that saw the most overdose deaths were 31-45, with 867 deaths, and 46-60, with 836.