The Pennsylvania state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, drug abuse statistics Pennsylvania, and PA drug rehab centers.

It should be noted that these drug abuse statistics in Pennsylvania are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.

Pennsylvania Addiction Treatment Statistics

In 2010, there were 57,300 admissions into alcohol and drug rehabs in Pennsylvania. Of that number, 68.6% were men and 31.4% were women. In March of 2010, Pennsylvania had 533 substance abuse treatment facilities. Of that number 328 were private non-profit and 184 were private for profit. The remainder of all treatment facilities were local, county, state or federal facilities.

Alcohol Addiction in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Five Year Trend in 2010 459 alcohol-related deaths occurred. In 2010, there were 12,712 alcohol-related crashes. There were 10,501 drunk drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes.

35% of all traffic deaths were alcohol-related.
72% of drinking drivers during 2010 were male.

Of the 80 automobile passenger deaths in 2010, 65 were passengers with drinking drivers.

Commonly Abused Drugs in Pennsylvania

According to a report of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2012, there were 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide with 126 fatalities.

The Office of Criminal Justice report for 2014 stated that 852 individuals, 630 males and 220 females were arrested for opium/cocaine possession.


According to the Office of the President”s Pennsylvania Drug Control Update, heroin was the most commonly cited among primary drug admission. 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths were reported in Pennsylvania between 2009-2013 as reported in the Governor's workgroup report on Opioids.

In 2014, 20,347 people were arrested for possession of marijuana. In 2007, the rate of arrest for marijuana was 207 per 100,000 individuals.


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The Governor's working group report, 2014 found that the number of opioid prescriptions written increased from 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013.


Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

In data from 2011-2014, according to the U.S. Department of Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania ranks 14th in the nation for drug-related deaths. The rate in 2014 was 15.3 per 100,000. The Pittsburgh area experienced a drastic increase during 2014 in overdose deaths most often due to heroin laced with fentanyl.

According to the Department of Public Welfare, in 2013, 23% of all fatal and non-fatal child abuse incidents involved substance abuse.

Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources

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