Public Safety
Drug Abuse Arrests

Drug Abuse Arrests

What does this measure?

The number of drug abuse arrests in a geographic area, presented per 1,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Drug use, sale and other illegal drug-related activity can have immediate as well as long-term negative health, social and economic consequences for individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Civil rights advocates also have raised concerns about racial and socioeconomic disparities in drug-related arrests, despite evidence that different racial and ethnic groups use illegal drugs at similar rates.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, the drug abuse arrest rate in Berks County was 3.4 per 1,000 residents, lower than the statewide rate of 4.5. Since 2000, the county's drug abuse arrest rate fluctuated year to year, dropping to a low of 2.9 in 2010 before rising. The statewide rate also varied annually, but showed an overall upward trend, increasing 16% from 2000 to 2016.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berks' drug abuse arrest rate in 2016 was similar to Lebanon and lower than Lehigh (4.2), Montgomery (3.9), and Schuylkill (5.7). Schuylkill's rate more than quadrupled from 2000 to 2016. Berks and Lancaster were the only counties to see a decrease since 2000.

Notes about the data

Drug abuse offenses include all violations of state laws and local ordinances relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacture, and making of narcotic drugs. Data are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Comparable national data was not available. Differences in rates may reflect a variety of factors, including differences in laws and law enforcement priorities, in addition the severity of drug activity in an area.

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Drug Abuse Arrests
Berks County3.
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2.
Lancaster County3.
Lebanon County2.
Lehigh County3.
Montgomery County2.
Schuylkill County1.

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Number of Drug Abuse Arrests
Berks County1,4691,4151,2601,4781,3761,2981,3351,5281,4431,2681,1781,3171,5881,4011,7061,6961,426
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County9648249958491,0781,2011,0301,2101,1891,1321,3851,4161,3471,4561,4761,4771,406
Lancaster County1,4021,2681,1901,1481,2221,1231,1101,0371,0059841,0249701,1331,0771,1571,2741,367
Lebanon County272337392364385449443420378387381321292320487501496
Lehigh County1,1081,5261,2751,3491,2991,2371,2931,1461,1541,1351,1011,0321,3901,4151,4351,4781,514
Montgomery County1,9621,9311,8321,9432,2252,4512,6242,8132,6602,5752,5282,6642,8422,8173,2262,9723,164
Schuylkill County151247194183258249297269356404448462496486602814815

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing