PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Disturbing numbers have been released on overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.
The number of drug-related deaths in the Commonwealth last year jumped nearly 40% over the previous year, according to recent figures from the Drug Enforcement Administration.READ MORE: 3 Montgomery County School Districts To Require Masks Again Due To County's COVID-19 Level
“The total overdose death numbers for Pennsylvania was 4,642,” said Patrick Trainor, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Philadelphia. “That’s roughly a 37% increase over the previous year.”READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Delaware County DA To Announce Charges Against Bus Driver Accused Of Taking Illicit Photos Of Teenage Students
Trainor says drug-related deaths in most of the five local counties were up a lot.
“Their numbers have increased and are of concern,” he said. “The only county where we really didn’t see much of an increase was in Delaware County, which was roughly under 2%.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police: ATV Driver Traveling In Wrong Direction Killed After Crashing Into Vehicle In Holmesburg
He says the number of deaths in Philadelphia from such substances as cocaine, fentayl and heroin was triple the county’s murder rate.