Overdose Deaths in Bucks County: 2014

by | 27. May 2015 11:02

The Pennsylvania State Coroners Association has released their Report on Overdose Death Statistics 2014.  This report is broken down by overall totals for the entire Commonwealth of PA and also county-by-county. It provides the raw data and percentages as they pertain to each drug in addition to breakdowns by day of week, month and gender totals for incidents of overdose deaths.  They identify 2488 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania for the period covering January 2014 to December 2014.  It is also important to recognize that “a vast majority”  of the deaths involved the presence of more than one drug in toxicology results.  Bucks County alone endured 205 overdose deaths in 2014: 66% male to 34% female.  A slight majority (30%) of those deaths fell in the 31-40 age group, closely followed by the 41-50 age group (29%) and then the 20-30 age group (23%).  The remainder fell in age groups under age 20 or over age 50.  Opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine etc.), Benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium) and non-legal drugs (heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine etc.) accounted for the highest occurrences in toxicology results.  These are just a few of the black & white facts.  More than that, this study represents the irreversible tragedy associated with drug addiction.  It is the culmination of too many worst case scenarios that parents, siblings, wives, husbands, partners, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, employers & countless friends are trying to process in their grief.  The report itself is not all data and graphs; they preface the statistics with a poem written by the mother of a young woman who died from an overdose this past year.  It is a heartbreaking example of the ultimate pain caused by drug addiction.  This battle cannot solely be measured by its casualties in sheer, raw numbers. There is also a definitive, almost tangible, qualitative price levied by it and all illnesses. Treatment, support  and advocacy are the platforms that give us the greatest chance at conquering this epidemic. Those platforms are bolstered by individual perseverance, resiliency and compassion.  When we combine those elements, we can make these staggering numbers dissipate. We can improve the quality of life for the afflicted and their loved ones. The time to act is NOW.  If you or someone you know is sufferance from drug abuse/dependence seek help as quickly as possible.  It is unacceptable to let these numbers continue to grow or remain steady.  Seek out help, tirelessly if need be. Treatment is effective!  To read the full report m click here