Pa. overdose deaths surge again

08.09.16 | Bob Price

More than 3,500 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2015 — a 30 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report from the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.

In most of those deaths, numerous drugs were present. But opioids such as heroin and or prescription painkillers were present in nearly 60 percent.

The report, based on autopsy results from all 67 Pennsylvania counties, also found that drugs prescribed to treat addiction or reverse overdoses, such as buprenorphine or Narcan, were found in 14 percent of the overdose victims.

In a new development, the report revealed that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, was found in three percent of overdose victims.

The report found that 67 percent of overdose victims were men. Eighty-four percent were white, 13 percent were black and three percent were Hispanic.