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Map of Northumberland County service area

Northumberland County,
Pennsylvania

Population: 93,950

Service Area: Northumberland County


Northumberland County is located in central Pennsylvania and covers 478 square miles. Between 2013 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths rose by 80 percent. As of May 2019, there have been 38 known fatalities as the result of drug overdose in the county, which puts 2019 on track to be the deadliest year on record for opioid-related deaths (the county had 24 drug overdose deaths in 2018 and 30 in 2017). Northumberland County and its partners will monitor opioid-use-related outcomes within the community, including tracking emergency department admissions, hospital admissions, and other relevant indicators. The county coroner is a part of the project team and will also supply monthly updates on data regarding opioid-related deaths, which will be used to inform implementation efforts. Northumberland County is expanding an already-existing school-based prevention program, Strengthening Families, to three additional school districts in the project area. The education expansion efforts will also include community-level prevention campaigns, including dissemination of drug take-back bags and drug disposal location information. Northumberland County will be working to strengthen police and community relations by participating in Pennsylvania’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI) and hiring care managers and recovery specialists to assist law enforcement with referrals to resources for individuals in need, as well as monthly meetings to encourage collaboration. Northumberland will also work to identify children exposed to opioids through Child and Youth Services and connect them and their families to valuable resources. Finally, Northumberland will implement transitional housing using the Housing First model and will collaborate with partners to provide employment, transportation, and peer supports for those involved in the program.