Lancaster County Overdose Map Relaunch: 150 Incidents Reported Monthly on Average

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has relaunched an online mapping of reported drug overdoses in the county.

The map, initially published in 2016, now depicts emergency overdose reports in Lancaster County between October 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018.

The map consists of Lancaster County-Wide Communications data, specifically emergency dispatches/responses to reported overdose incidents. Overdose death incidents are not given distinguished markings.

During that five-month period, emergency-responders were dispatched to approximately 750 locations/incidents.

That translates to about:

- 5 overdose incidents per day

- 35 overdose incidents per week

- 150 overdose incidents per month

This data does not account for overdose incidents that are not reported or involve a direct transport, without dispatch, to a medical facility.

Here is the map address: LANCASTER COUNTY OVERDOSE MAP

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office spearheaded the mapping project, with great assistance from Lancaster County GIS (which does the actual mapping) and Lancaster County-Wide Communications (which provides the data).

The map was designed to protect the identities of the patients involved and their exact addresses. Incidents are not categorized by incident severity or type of drug involved.

Additionally, it is likely not all of these reports were in fact active overdose incidents when emergency responders arrived at the location.

The map was first launched in October 2016 and illustrated overdose incidents since 2014. The site was unpublished for a period of time earlier this year.

Please note: The map will be updated, but not regularly.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright