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Drug Overdose Taskforce

Westmoreland County overdoses have increased dramatically--from 22 in 2002 to 126 in 2015, mirroring the national trend. At the end of 2016, the County Coroner reported 160 confirmed deaths as a result of accidental poisoning, with another 15 suspected. 92 of the confirmed deaths involved heroin. Overdoses--both from prescription and illegal drugs--have been the leading cause of death among accidents and suicides in Westmoreland County for the last eight years. This is a serious public health problem that affects all citizens in one way or another.

The County’s GET IN Westmoreland--Community Coalition on Substance Use Reduction facilitates coalition building to take action, advocate, and educate community members about this public health epidemic.

The DOTF is led by Director Tim Phillips and advised by County Commissioners Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Chuck Anderson. Please visit our website to learn more, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more and see the Community Toolkits on our website, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.





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Susbstance Abuse Helpline
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abuse?  Call Westmoreland
County's Substance Abuse
Helpline for direction,
answers and hope.