The opioid overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania, and the nation, in almost a generation. The Wolf Administration takes an all-hands-on deck approach to preventing addiction, saving lives and getting Pennsylvanians into treatment. In March of 2018, this dashboard was launched to provide data behind Pennsylvania's response to the crisis collected through the Governor's Opioid Disaster Declaration, and to illustrate the impact the epidemic has on communities.
Pennsylvania Quick Stats
Estimated Number of Individuals with Drug Use Disorder
Drug Use Disorder is defined as any substance use disorder not including alcohol use disorder. This is an approximation for Opioid Use Disorder prevalence. The estimates are developed by applying mortality weights derived from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics to statewide illicit drug use estimates from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
Estimated Number of Drug Overdose Deaths
Preliminary data is showing a decline in drug overdose deaths, but there is more work to do. Pennsylvania continues to focus on saving lives, expanding treatment access and getting patients into treatment.
NOTE: Preliminary overdose death data includes any fatal drug overdose, except for alcohol-only overdose deaths. “No Value” count indicates that the county’s preliminary overdose death count is not available because it is between 1 and 9.