Prosecutor hails drop in western Pennsylvania OD deaths
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors say overdose deaths are down sharply in western Pennsylvania, a positive development in fighting the opioid epidemic.
U.S. Attorney Scott Brady in Pittsburgh said Friday that overdose deaths fell 43 percent in 2018 across his 25-county area.
Opioids account for the lion’s share of fatal overdoses in the region Brady’s office covers.
The decline includes a 47 percent drop compared to 2017 in populous Allegheny County, which includes the city of Pittsburgh.
Brady credits a new narcotics and organized crime section in his office, funding for more prosecutors, a focus on cyber investigations and prosecutions of 25 health care professionals for illegal drug distribution.