Formed to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the area, the Fayette County Overdose Task Force was established in 2018 with the vision of eliminating overdoses in Fayette County through collaboration and education. A 3-year strategic plan guides the work of the Task Force and has outlined the following priorities:
- Reduce stigma in Fayette County
- Empower professionals to promote the health, safety, and well-being of person at high-risk for overdose and/or with Substance Use Disorder/Opioid Use Disorder or an active addiction.
- Ensure that individuals in Fayette County have access to quality Substance Use Disorder treatment at the appropriate level of care, including MAT.
- Increase access of naloxone for all residents in Layette County.
- Ensure that residents of Fayette County are well-informed of the signs of Substance Use Disorder/Opioid Use Disorder, overdose, treatment options, and recovery programs available throughout the community.
Facts About the Opioid Epidemic*
- Heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2010, as the heroin use has increased during that time frame.
- From 2014-2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6%, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015.
- Among new heroin users, approximately 3 out of 4 report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.
- More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.
- In 2015, more than 3500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to drug overdoses.
- Each day, at least 10 Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose.
- The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.
*National statistics are from www.cdc.gov and state statistics are from www.health.pa.gov
Fayette County Lives Lost
- 2018: 40
- 2017: 75
- 2016: 60
Do You Need Help Finding Resources for Yourself or a Loved One?
Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission: (724) 438-3576