Accidental Deaths In Pennsylvania Rise 15% in One Year, Driven By Opioid Overdose

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The National Safety Council’s Stop Everyday Killers campaign is a powerful tribute to the lives lost to opioids.

Pittsburgh – According to National Safety Council analysis of federal data, 1,086 more Pennsylvanians died accidentally in 2016, an increase of 15% over 2015, and 78% of those deaths were caused by opioid overdose. In response to the epidemic – recently declared a statewide disaster emergency by Gov. Tom Wolf – the Council made Pittsburgh its first stop on a nationwide tour of the NSC exhibit, Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis.

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