Saving Lives. Education. Support

Saving Lives. Education. Support

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Adams County Overdose Awareness Task Force

Saving Lives. Education. Support


Formed to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the area, The Adams County Overdose Awareness Task Force’s Vision is “Saving Lives. Education. Support.” The coalition meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Adams County Humans Services Building located at 525 Boyds School Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

The coalition is lead by Michelle Kern, who is the coalition coordinator and developer for Collaborating For Youth.

Three-year strategic plan priorities:
  • Priority 1: Increase access and utilization of naloxone to save lives. 
  • Priority 2Ensure a continuum of care is available from early intervention through sustained recovery for every person in Adams County.
  • Priority 3: Reduce supply of available opioids in Adams County.
  • Priority 4: Ensure that all residents of Adams County are well-informed on signs of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD)/Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), treatment options, and recovery programs available in the community.

Facts About the Opioid Epidemic

  • In 2018, approximately 4,491 drug-related overdose deaths were reported by Pennsylvania coroners and medical examiners—an 18 percent decrease from 2017. In 2018, 12 people in Pennsylvania died of a drug-related overdose each day.
  • The drug-related overdose death rate in Pennsylvania was 35 per 100,000 people in 2018. The overdose rate decreased in 41 counties, increased in 23, and remained unchanged in 3. The ten highest overdose death rates were concentrated in eastern and central Pennsylvania counties in 2018, compared to southwestern Pennsylvania counties in
  • Despite a statewide decrease in overdose deaths, the rate of decrease by region was not uniform. The largest decrease in overdose death rates occurred in the Southwest District2 (41 percent), while rates of decrease in the remaining districts ranged from 11 percent to 1
  • The presence of an opioid, illicit or prescription, was reported in 82 percent of drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2018, compared to 84 percent of drug-related overdose deaths in
  • Fentanyl was the most frequently identified substance in drug-related overdose deaths (70 percent of deaths), remaining consistent with 2017. The younger population demographic was associated with fentanyl usage, as fentanyl was present in more than 75 percent of drug-related overdose decedents within the 15 to 24 and 25 to 34 age
  • Heroin remained the second most frequently identified substance in drug-related overdose deaths (35 percent), followed by cocaine (33 percent), benzodiazepines (28 percent), and fentanyl-related substances (FRSs) (23 percent).
  • Cocaine prevalence in drug-related overdose deaths did not change significantly from 2017 to 2018 (32 percent and 33 percent, respectively). Methamphetamine was detected in 10 percent of drug-related overdose deaths in 2018, compared to 7 percent in 2017. However, this is not a statistically significant change in methamphetamine
  • The 25 to 34 year-old age group represented the most affected age group with 29 percent of drug-related overdose deaths in 2018. This is similar to the 30 percent of drug-related overdose deaths in this age group in
  • In 2018, 70 percent of drug-related overdose decedents were male, consistent with 2017, but not consistent with the population distribution of across the Commonwealth (49 percent male, 51 percent female).
  • In 2018, 79 percent of drug-related overdose decedents were Non-Hispanic White, 13 percent were Non-Hispanic Black, 3 percent were Hispanic, 3 percent


were identified as Other Race, and 2 percent were identified as Unknown. The racial distribution of overdose deaths was consistent with 2017 data and general population statistics across the Commonwealth.

County Death Data

Adams County data currently reflects records from 2015- current. Cases from 2019 are being entered as they are completed by the Coroner’s Office.
If you have questions about Adams County’s data, please contact:

Pat Felix, Coroner,​,
(717) 337-0962

Lives Lost
  • 2015: 7
  • 2016: 29
  • 2017: 19
  • 2018: 16

For more information on Adams County Death Data click here.


Below is a diagram that indicates the current stakeholder groups that collaborate within the Adams County Overdose Awareness Task Force.



  Medical & Treatment

45 Major Bell Lane
Suite A
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-0962
Fax: 717-337-3192

Gaudenzia Corporate Headquarters
106 West Main Street Norristown, PA 19401
Phone (610) 239-9600
Fax (610) 270-9196

Healthy Adams County
Address: 424 S Washington St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 337-4137

Open Arms Recovery
Address: 300 Frederick St Suite 3, Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: (717) 969-2894

Project RASE
18 South George Street
Suite 203
York, PA 17401
Phone: 717-900-1926
Fax: 717-900-1938

Roxbury Treatment Center
601 Roxbury Rd, Shippensburg, PA 17257

TrueNorth Wellness Services
Wellness center
Gettysburg, PA
(717) 334-9111

York and Adams Drug & Alcohol Commission
100 W. Market St. Suite B04
York, Pennsylvania 17401

  Social Services

Children & Youth Services
525 Boyds School Road
Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-0110
Fax: 717-337-0616

Collaborating for Youth
Address: 233 W High St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-0300

Family First Health – Gettysburg Center
(Peebles Plaza in Gettysburg)
1275 York Road, Suite 17
Gettysburg, PA 17325 • (717) 337-9400

Respective Solutions
353 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  Legal Services

Adult Correction Facility
45 Major Bell Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-7671
Fax: 717-338-341

Adams County Commissioners
117 Baltimore Street #201,
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 337-9820

County of Adams
District Attorney
117 Baltimore Street
Room 301
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-9840
Fax: 717-334-3859

Criminal Justice Advisory Board
525 Boyds School Road
Suite 300
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-9802
Ext: 2302

Office of Representative Ecker
282 West King St., 1st Floor
Abbottstown, PA 17301
FAX: 717-259-7802

Senator Doug Mastriano
16-A Deatrick Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-4169
(866) 334-1863 Toll Free
FAX: (717) 334-5911



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