This report summarizes data on opioid misuse and overdose in Philadelphia. Opioids are substances that act on the central nervous system and that are addictive. The term opioids encompasses prescription medications marketed for pain relief (e.g. Tramadol, Oxycodone) as well as chemically-related illicit drugs such as fentanyl and heroin.

Since 2003 unintentional drug related overdoses have increased dramatically in Philadelphia, likely as a result of a rise in opioid prescribing. In 2017, there were 1,217 unintentional drug related deaths, of which 1,074 involved opioids. While the rate of unintentional opioid-related death was highest among 45-54 year old, white, non-Hispanic males, no Philadelphia subpopulation has remained untouched by the epidemic. In the past decade, increases were also seen for drug related emergency department visits and non-fatal overdoses.

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Heroin Arrests By Quarter
Heroin Related Arrests UCR Code
Drug Related ED Visits by Month
Unintentional Drug Related Deaths by Quarter
Heroin Arrests By Quarter MAT Capacity
Acute Hepatitis Heatmap

Full Report

The full report is updated quarterly. While the report is cumulative, data are only updated as the source data becomes available.

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