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Death Data Overview

In 2018, Pennsylvania coroners and medical examiners reported 4,491 drug-related overdose deaths (ruled accidental or undetermined). This number represents a rate of 35 deaths per 100,000 people, ranging from 0 to 99 among individual counties. Between 2015 and 2018, there was a 36% increase in the number of drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania (Read More). The table and figures below depicts the rates and quarterly trend of drug-related overdose deaths, as well as the drug category breakdown in Pennsylvania counties from 2015-2018.

Quarterly Trend

Percent of Overdose Deaths per Drug Category per Year

County 2015 Average Rate (per 100,000) 2016 Average Rate (per 100,000) 2017 Average Rate (per 100,000) 2018 Average Rate (per 100,000)
Adams 7 28 19 15 View Data
Allegheny 34 53 60 35 View Data
Armstrong 41 62 59 34 View Data
Beaver 22 61 49 25 View Data
Bedford 4 23 39 19 View Data
Berks 16 27 27 23 View Data
Blair 17 35 39 20 View Data
Bradford 19 28 25 30 View Data
Bucks 17 27 37 34 View Data
Butler 25 40 49 24 View Data
Cambria 41 70 65 46 View Data
Cameron 0 0 0 0 View Data
Carbon 27 27 42 54 View Data
Centre 9 12 7 12 View Data
Chester 14 19 28 21 View Data
Clarion 13 18 16 28 View Data
Clearfield 15 14 6 25 View Data
Clinton 8 26 10 5 View Data
Columbia 19 27 23 29 View Data
Crawford 32 36 28 26 View Data
Cumberland 15 23 30 19 View Data
Dauphin 29 30 35 44 View Data
Delaware 33 37 46 36 View Data
Elk 10 10 23 30 View Data
Erie 22 33 43 28 View Data
Fayette 30 45 57 31 View Data
Forest 27 0 14 0 View Data
Franklin 14 25 23 21 View Data
Fulton 21 75 7 14 View Data
Greene 37 51 35 25 View Data
Huntingdon 11 15 29 15 View Data
Indiana 41 57 44 26 View Data
Jefferson 14 16 14 21 View Data
Juniata 4 16 8 12 View Data
Lackawanna 34 40 42 46 View Data
Lancaster 14 22 30 20 View Data
Lawrence 34 46 61 43 View Data
Lebanon 15 12 21 19 View Data
Lehigh 27 37 47 43 View Data
Luzerne 45 44 50 49 View Data
Lycoming 16 30 30 22 View Data
McKean 19 17 19 20 View Data
Mercer 14 28 36 46 View Data
Mifflin 11 13 28 28 View Data
Monroe 27 25 34 32 View Data
Montgomery 17 28 27 24 View Data
Montour 27 27 66 99 View Data
Northampton 20 23 30 22 View Data
Northumberland 17 29 34 25 View Data
Perry 7 20 22 33 View Data
Philadelphia 44 58 77 70 View Data
Pike 11 18 23 30 View Data
Potter 6 12 18 6 View Data
Schuylkill 17 41 27 49 View Data
Snyder 2 7 7 17 View Data
Somerset 21 28 39 19 View Data
Sullivan 16 16 16 0 View Data
Susquehanna 14 22 15 25 View Data
Tioga 7 15 22 17 View Data
Union 4 15 11 4 View Data
Venango 21 17 8 18 View Data
Warren 0 0 0 0 View Data
Washington 35 51 47 34 View Data
Wayne 33 31 23 33 View Data
Westmoreland 35 49 55 35 View Data
Wyoming 25 25 40 55 View Data
York 22 29 39 35 View Data

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