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Overdose Deaths Drop in Westmoreland County

Overdose deaths at lowest level since 2014.

New statistics from the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office shows a drop in drug overdose deaths, for the first time since 2008. That includes a drop in deaths from opioid overdoses.

In 2018, there were 122 drug and alcohol overdose deaths in the County, down from 193 in 2017. This was the lowest number of overdose deaths since 2014.

Source: Westmoreland County Coroner's Office

The Coroner's Office reports prescription opioid-related overdoses decreased 28 percent from 2017. Heroin-related overdoses dropped by four percent. These numbers do not include suicides by overdose.

You can read the full Coroner's Office report here .

Last year, Pennsylvania handed out free Naloxone (also known as Narcan) kits to help curb opioid overdose deaths. The drug can quickly stop the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death. It is recommended that you have Naloxone on hand if anybody in your home takes opioids recreationally or for pain. For more information on Naloxone, and a list of resources regarding opioid overdose and drug safety, click here .

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