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. The Opioid Command Center is implementing a three-year strategic plan to comprehensively address the components of prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery as they relate to substance use in the commonwealth.
Pennsylvania Quick Stats
There is a connection between a person’s opioid use and their involvement in the criminal justice system. This connection impacts the entire system from the court system to the cost of incarceration and probation to recidivism rates. Access to treatment, particularly medication assisted treatment, is critical to stop this cycle.
The Public Health Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic: Vulnerability to Bloodborne Infections and Overdose Death
This report provides a vulnerability assessment completed by the Department of Health that identifies Pennsylvania communities at risk of bloodborne infections associated with unsterile injection drug use and drug overdose death. County maps identify at risk communities that could benefit from targeted interventions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and further decrease drug overdose deaths.
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. The demographics of these data are available by race, ethnicity, age and gender. 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.