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Drug Abuse Offenses


Drug Abuse Offenses

What does this measure?

The number of reported drug abuse offenses in a geographic area, presented per 1,000 people.

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.

How is our county performing?

In 2018, there were 5.7 drug-related offenses reported per 1,000 residents in Berks County, above the state rate. Since 2000, drug abuse offenses in Berks fluctuated year-to-year until 2010, when the rate dropped to a low of 3.0. The rate then rose 92% over the next 8 years - the 2018 rate was up 68% since 2000, higher than the state's increase of 52%.

Berks' drug abuse offense rate in 2018 was higher than in all surrounding counties except Schuylkill, at 6.6 per 1,000 residents. Others ranged from 4.0 in Chester to 5.1 in Lebanon. From 2000 to 2018, rates increased significantly in all counties.

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. Crime reports are never complete because not all crimes are reported. It should be noted that this indicator represents crime penetration. Because areas vary in population, counts of criminal incidents do not accurately measure impact. By presenting crimes per 1,000 residents, it is possible to compare rural and urban areas of the state.

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Drug Abuse Offenses
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania3.23.33.43.53.73.94.24.34.34.14.14.14.14.44.44.44.65.04.9
Berks County3.44.03.74.33.43.13.54.14.13.53.03.53.83.84.55.05.45.75.7
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2.82.02.62.22.52.92.52.52.72.62.92.92.93.13.43.73.63.84.0
Lancaster County3.12.32.62.52.82.52.42.32.12.12.42.32.42.12.62.82.93.74.4
Lebanon County2.84.43.02.93.13.33.83.43.03.22.82.82.33.14.24.63.84.45.1
Lehigh County3.23.63.23.53.33.13.32.93.02.72.72.83.33.23.74.04.35.14.8
Montgomery County2.42.52.42.82.93.33.73.83.73.63.43.53.85.44.24.24.45.14.3
Schuylkill County0.91.41.21.32.02.22.42.52.93.43.23.13.43.64.35.55.55.96.6

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




Number of Drug Abuse Offenses
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania39,72640,39142,20742,99945,88248,95152,25953,52054,54452,56552,19652,01352,85756,55556,81455,87959,01763,63763,055
Berks County1,2651,5251,4091,6551,3441,2291,4131,6781,6661,4351,2171,4511,5871,5891,8542,0682,2512,3652,387
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1,2018901,1669911,1351,3541,1771,2331,3331,2681,4521,4601,4631,5981,7291,8961,8601,9792,070
Lancaster County1,4471,1051,2301,2331,3761,2451,2061,1401,0721,1001,2461,1831,2601,1251,3831,4991,5511,9782,416
Lebanon County340537367360381422488441391422380377311417580626532616716
Lehigh County9821,1351,0171,1321,0661,0261,1081,0051,0449389319781,1541,1511,3201,4361,5741,8651,775
Montgomery County1,7841,8991,8032,1312,2682,5772,8932,9582,9042,8752,7422,8093,0584,3893,4593,4253,6214,1943,561
Schuylkill County140205178198292317352372435497468453499521625798794836938

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




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