>>State Officials Worried Over Early Statistics On Overdose Deaths
(Dauphin County, PA) -- Officials with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs are worried about early statistics regarding overdose deaths. Early projections show that 2021 overdose deaths are nearing levels seen at the height of the opioid and heroin epidemic in 2017. Officials say given the number of deaths that we're seeing and the number of overdoses that are non-fatal increasing, we really need to have the tools at our disposal to act immediately. Last year, there were around 52-hundred-17 fatal overdoses and officials believe the numbers for 2021 are going to surpass that.