Health
Fatal Drug Overdoses

Increasing


Fatal Drug Poisionings

What does this measure?

The number of deaths per year, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 100,000 residents.

Why is this important?

In addition to ending a life tragically, a death by drug overdose profoundly affects surviving relatives and friends. Rising drug overdose deaths can reflect increasing rates of addiction, more potent and dangerous substances, inadequate systems to treat and support addicts, and other worrisome trends.

How does our county compare?

In 2019, Lancaster County's mortality rate from drug poisoning was 21 per 100,000 residents, an increase of 402% since 2000. Lancaster had a lower rate than the state and Dauphin (both at 33 per 100,000), Chester (25 per 100,00), and York (24 per 100,000).

Notes about the data

Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.

Fatal Drug Poisionings
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania7.46.47.59.310.611.211.211.912.612.912.515.416.316.919.323.834.641.233.333.1
Lancaster County4.23.54.35.57.38.04.67.88.48.67.710.110.19.912.014.323.133.123.421.1
Berks CountyN/AN/A6.57.15.97.12.6N/A3.63.13.45.210.010.613.79.923.725.620.629.3
Chester County3.92.54.33.46.16.06.26.07.29.19.312.210.99.113.715.422.432.627.925.1
Cumberland CountyN/AN/AN/AN/A4.6N/AN/A8.38.25.17.49.68.48.611.212.723.931.921.316.2
Dauphin County4.1N/A5.04.07.06.25.98.38.78.26.211.310.312.018.217.027.931.740.032.6
Lebanon County8.5N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A13.619.412.516.114.119.8
York County6.52.82.76.27.88.16.78.58.97.29.510.713.613.125.921.520.330.127.923.5

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rates per 100,000 residents. Rates are age- and sex-adjusted. Data not available for all geographies.




Number of Fatal Drug Poisionings
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania8967708951,1211,2781,3541,3441,4501,5221,5771,5501,9092,0262,0962,3932,9224,2094,9824,0414,043
Lancaster County19162025343722374042395048496271113170112102
Berks County352427222710914121320394256419410084117
Chester County17111816282829293547436355436876109156136117
Cumberland County4756108819191217232021253055735036
Dauphin County1091310181615212220173129335048748110490
Lebanon County107624699984399172315181825
York County2411112431332836373044466056106878312511897

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
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Disengaged Youth Maintaining
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Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
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Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
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Air Quality Increasing
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People with Disabilities Maintaining
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
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Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
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Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
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Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Maintaining
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Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
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High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
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