Who are opiates impacting in Lehigh County?

All of us. In 2016, the people who died of overdose in Lehigh County ranged in age from 17-98.

In 2016, 160 people died in Lehigh County from drug overdoses. Of those, 74% (119 people) lived and died in Lehigh County.

Of the people who lived and died from overdose in 2016 in Lehigh County (119 people in all), most were:

More than half of the people who lived and died from overdose in Lehigh County in 2016 were male.

Among the people who died from overdose in Lehigh County in 2016, most were educated.

Nearly 6 out of every 7 people had completed High School or more.

Most people who died of overdose in Lehigh County in 2016 were employed.

7 out of 10 people who died of overdose in 2016 in Lehigh County were employed when they died.

In 2016, 3 out of 4 people who died of overdose in Lehigh County were white.

How does the opiate problem in Lehigh County compare to the rest of Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States?

In 2015, Pennsylvania the rate of deaths from Overdose was 6th highest in the nation, significantly greater than in the US in general.

In 2015, Lehigh County the rate of deaths from Overdose was slightly greater than Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, in 2016, the rate of deaths from Overdose in Lehigh County increased again.

[A.]The problem is significant and growing across the US. According to the CDC, 91 people die each day across America from Overdose. According to NCHS Data Brief No. 273, February 2017, the age-adjusted death rate from overdose in 2015 was 16.3 deaths from Overdose per 100,000 people. That is 2.5 times greater than the rate in 1999.

[B.]According to the same NCHS Data Brief No.273, February 2017, in 2015 Pennsylvania had the 6th highest age-adjusted death rate from overdose in the nation, reaching 26.3 deaths from Overdose per 100,000 people. Lehigh County experienced a slightly higher age adjusted death rate than even Pennsylvania in 2015, reaching 26.6.

[C.]C. Unfortunately, 2016 demonstrated an increase from 2015.