Pennsylvania overdose deaths jump 23% in 2015

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports drug overdoses have climbed across Pennsylvania.

Data collected from coroners’ reports show a more than 23 percent jump in deaths statewide, from 2,742 in 2014 to 3,383 last year.

In 2014, Pennsylvania was one of the 10 states with the highest fatal overdose rates per capita.

Nearly 55 percent of the state’s overdose victims were found to have heroin in their system.

Fentanyl also emerged as a prominent opioid used by those killed by overdoses. Fentanyl-related deaths spiked 93 percent.

The five counties with the highest per capita rates of drug-related overdose deaths were Philadelphia, followed by Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana and Greene.

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