Study Finds Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Unreported Opioid Deaths

A new study released this week finds that 70,000 opioid deaths nationally likely went unreported from 1999 to 2015 and made a “dramatic difference” in Pennsylvania’s opioid statistics when researchers adjusted for opioid deaths misleadingly listed as unspecified drugs. While Pennsylvania has been listed as having the 22nd highest number of opioid deaths, researchers found that the state actually has the 7th highest opioid death rate in the nation. Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article for more on study findings.