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Coroners Report

Dave Reilly

Local Numbers

Out of 120 deaths in Columbia County, 16 were related to the use of drugs.

13% of caseload related to drugs.

All deaths were ruled either suicidal or accidental.

Columbia County Coroners Office investigated more drug deaths than vehicle crashes in 2014 and 2015.

2016-5*

2015-16 50% Increase

2014-8 38% Increase

2013-5

*[4 still pending tox screen]

 

Top 5 Drugs found in decedents in Columbia County:

1. Oxycontin

2. Methamphetamine

3. Heroin

4. Fentanyl

5. RX anti-anxiety overdose (Benzos)

 

Number of overdoses by municipality:

Berwick-7

Bloomsburg-2

Cleveland Township-2

Scott Township-1

Briar Creek-1

Pine Township-1

Conyngham Township-1

Statewide

In 2014, 2,500 drug overdose deaths statewide. 7 people died every day in Pennsylvania that year.

 

Leading opiates in decedents in Pennsylvania were Oxycontin, Fentanyl and Oxymorphone. All Prescription drugs…

 

800 decedents were found with heroin in their system.

418 were found with cocaine in their system.

205 were found with marijuana in their system.

 

Countless other overdoses and suicides go un-reported

 

Ages of decedents from drug overdose range from 4 months old to 85 years old in 2014.

Average decedents in Pennsylvania were white, 41 year old males.

Most deaths are the result of multiple Prescription drugs or Prescription drugs combined with heroin or cocaine [Never just one].

Most deaths occur on Weekends and Wednesdays.

DEA Intel:

In 2011 PA Ranked 7th nationwide in distribution of hydrocodone. 

In 2012 PA Ranked 5th nationwide in distribution of hydrocodone

In 2013 PA Ranked 6th nationwide in distribution of hydrocodone

In 2014 PA Ranked 4th nationwide in distribution of hydrocodone

 

In 2014 PA Ranked 11th in Pharmacies ordering Vicodin

 

In 2011 PA ranked 4th in the nation for Physicians prescribing Oxycodone

In 2012 PA ranked 1st in the nation for Physicians prescribing Oxycodone

In 2013 PA ranked 1st in the nation for Physicians prescribing Oxycodone

In 2014 PA ranked 1st in the nation for Physicians prescribing Oxycodone

In 2014 PA Ranked number 1 in the nation for Pharmacies ordering oxycodone.

 

50 Fentanyl Overdose deaths in PA in 2013.