PA Opioid Battle

The heroin and opioid epidemic is the number one public health and public safety challenge facing Pennsylvania.  In 2021, 5,168 Pennsylvanians died from overdoses. An average of 14 Pennsylvanians die every day from overdose, and based on available data the death toll will only continue to rise.

Opioids come in many different forms with many different names, including OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine and Heroin

Health effects of prolonged opioid use:

  • Depression
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis C (through shared needles)
  • HIV/AIDS (through shared needles)
  • Brain damage
  • Death (by overdose)

Opioids are often stolen from someone with a legitimate prescription. Seventy percent of people that illegally use prescription drugs admit getting them from family and friends. The number one source of drugs for teenagers is home medicine cabinets.

Opioids can also be obtained when a person is legally prescribed a drug and then abuses it, prescriptions are forged and altered, or the medications are purchased from a dealer illegally selling prescription drugs.

In Pennsylvania

PA Get Help Now Helpline: 

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Opioids OAG Resources

Report Drug Activity

Call: 1-800-444-8006


Via anonymous text:

Text “PADRUGS”, followed by your tip,

to 847411 (TIP411)

Featured Information

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Order

Read more about the court order creating the Pennsylvania Opioid Misuse and Addiction Abatement Trust...

Exhibit E - List of Opioid Remediation Uses

Read more about Exhibit E - List of Opioid Remediation Uses...

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