We are facing a crisis in overdose deaths in York County, Pennsylvania and around the nation. Unfortunately, we now face the collision of a pandemic and an epidemic. The opioid epidemic has not gone away and in fact it has only gotten worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related mitigation measures. Drug overdose deaths spiked to an all-time high in 2020 in York County.OverdoseFreePA – County Overdose Death Data PA PDMP – Interactive Data Report Open Data PA – Opioid Data Dashboard
Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)
The Bureau of Health received Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. OD2A is a 3-year cooperative agreement that began in September 2019 and focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach. The approved funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) OD2A grant primarily goes to States but requires that 20 percent of the prevention funds go to local health departments. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing funds to the county-municipal health departments to fund local prevention and response activities related to the opioid epidemic.
This comprehensive program focuses on two overall components – a surveillance strategy and prevention strategies. Funds were intended to enhance local collaborative efforts related to supporting a balanced approach between evidence-based and innovative initiatives in the community. The Bureau of Health will enhance community-wide prevention and education efforts to address overdoses in York County by fostering collaboration to identify, implement, and evaluate overdose, opioid misuse, and substance abuse prevention strategies.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health launched a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in 2016 to help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the health and safety of our community. Pennsylvania’s PDMP collections information on filled controlled substances dispensed to outpatients, including opioids and benzodiazepines. This information helps health care providers safely prescribe controlled substances and helps patients get the treatment they need.
Overdoses Can Be Prevented
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from opioids including heroin and/or fentanyl.
The best ways to prevent overdose deaths are to improve opioid prescribing, reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat substance use disorder. Utilizing these prevention strategies that aim to align with the CDC’s evidence-based strategies for preventing opioid overdose, allows us to better combat this problem as community. We have been working together with stakeholders and community partners to address this epidemic head-on.
Mail-based Naloxone Distribution
Naloxone Funding Initiative
Pennsylvania Department of Health – Naloxone
Useful Links & Resources
For emergencies, please call 911
WellSpan WARM Line, a 24-hour support line, 1-844-WARM-LINE
Gaudenzia Help Hotline at 1-833-976-HELP (4357)