Public Safety
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 2016, there were 5.4 drug-related offenses reported per 1,000 residents in Berks County, the same as 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 84% over the next 6 years - the 2016 rate was up 60% over 2000, higher than the state's increase of 43%.

Berks' drug abuse offense rate in 2016 was higher than in all surrounding counties except Schuylkill, at 5.5 per 1,000 residents. Others ranged from 2.9 in Lancaster to 4.4 in Montgomery. From 2000 to 2016, rates increased significantly in all counties except Lancaster which decreased 6%.

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
Berks County3.
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2.
Lancaster County3.
Lebanon County2.
Lehigh County3.
Montgomery County2.
Schuylkill County0.

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Number of Drug Abuse Offenses
Berks County1,2651,5251,4091,6551,3441,2291,4131,6781,6661,4351,2171,4511,5871,5891,8542,0682,251
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1,2018901,1669911,1351,3541,1771,2331,3331,2681,4521,4601,4631,5981,7291,8961,860
Lancaster County1,4471,1051,2301,2331,3761,2451,2061,1401,0721,1001,2461,1831,2601,1251,3831,4991,551
Lebanon County340537367360381422488441391422380377311417580626532
Lehigh County9821,1351,0171,1321,0661,0261,1081,0051,0449389319781,1541,1511,3201,4361,574
Montgomery County1,7841,8991,8032,1312,2682,5772,8932,9582,9042,8752,7422,8093,0584,3893,4593,4253,621
Schuylkill County140205178198292317352372435497468453499521625798794

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
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Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
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Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
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Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing