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DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon encourages Americans to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 27, 2018. Learn more here: https://takebackday.dea.gov/

Prevent Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

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Pittsburgh 360 PSA (2016)

551 Drug-related overdose deaths last year in Pittsburgh Allegheny, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Source: Pennsylvania Medical Examiners, Coroners, and DEA (2014—2015). Data as of January 6, 2016. Watch.

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Classroom Resources for Educators

The DEA and Discovery Education have teamed up to launch Operation Prevention, a program geared towards fighting opioid misuse among young people. Their site includes interactive K-12 lessons, virtual field trips, resources for parents and more. Go to Operation Prevention's website.

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NEWS

This is ground zero for the opioid crisis

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5) Of the top 14 counties with the highest opioid overdose rates, 11 of them are in Western Pennsylvania. Read more.

Narcan available at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide

(CBS News, October 26)  Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, will now be a little easier to get. Read more.

Pitt's Pharmacy School Creates Center to Aid Heroin Overdoses

(Pittsburgh Business Times, Mar 11) The University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy has started a center that will help reduce heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania. READ MORE

Narcan, Vivitrol Closing Heroin ‘360 Treatment’ Loop

(Observer Reporter, Mar 11) Washington County is becoming the model for how to treat the heroin overdose epidemic. 60 percent of police departments are now carrying Narcan, a medication used to revive overdose victims. READ MORE

Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket in Pennsylvania


(Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 11) The study showed that fatal drug overdoses in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold between 1979 and 2014 with the highest rates among females, white people and those between the ages of 35 and 44. READ MORE.