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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 2017, 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 91% over the next 7 years - the 2017 rate was up 67% over 2000, higher than the state's increase of 54%.

Berks' drug abuse offense rate in 2017 was higher than in all surrounding counties except Schuylkill, at 5.9 per 1,000 residents. Others ranged from 3.6 in Lancaster to 5.1 in Montgomery and Lehigh. From 2000 to 2017, 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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania3.23.33.43.53.73.94.24.34.34.14.14.14.14.44.44.44.65.0
Berks County3.44.03.74.33.43.13.54.14.13.53.03.53.83.84.55.05.45.7
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2.82.02.62.22.52.92.52.52.72.62.92.92.93.13.43.73.63.8
Lancaster County3.12.32.62.52.82.52.42.32.12.12.42.32.42.12.62.82.93.6
Lebanon County2.84.43.02.93.13.33.83.43.03.22.82.82.33.14.24.63.84.4
Lehigh County3.23.63.23.53.33.13.32.93.02.72.72.83.33.23.74.04.35.1
Montgomery County2.42.52.42.82.93.33.73.83.73.63.43.53.85.44.24.24.45.1
Schuylkill County0.91.41.21.32.02.22.42.52.93.43.23.13.43.64.35.55.55.9

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




Number of Drug Abuse Offenses
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania39,72640,39142,20742,99945,88248,95152,25953,52054,54452,56552,19652,01352,85756,55556,81455,87959,01763,637
Berks County1,2651,5251,4091,6551,3441,2291,4131,6781,6661,4351,2171,4511,5871,5891,8542,0682,2512,365
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1,2018901,1669911,1351,3541,1771,2331,3331,2681,4521,4601,4631,5981,7291,8961,8601,979
Lancaster County1,4471,1051,2301,2331,3761,2451,2061,1401,0721,1001,2461,1831,2601,1251,3831,4991,5511,978
Lebanon County340537367360381422488441391422380377311417580626532616
Lehigh County9821,1351,0171,1321,0661,0261,1081,0051,0449389319781,1541,1511,3201,4361,5741,865
Montgomery County1,7841,8991,8032,1312,2682,5772,8932,9582,9042,8752,7422,8093,0584,3893,4593,4253,6214,194
Schuylkill County140205178198292317352372435497468453499521625798794836

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




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