Public Safety
Drug Abuse Arrests

Drug Abuse Arrests

What does this measure?

The number of drug abuse arrests in a geographic area, presented per 1,000 residents.

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. Civil rights advocates also have raised concerns about racial and socioeconomic disparities in drug-related arrests, despite evidence that different racial and ethnic groups use illegal drugs at similar rates.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, the drug abuse arrest rate in Berks County was 4.8 per 1,000 residents, lower than the statewide rate of 5.0. Since 2000, the county's drug abuse arrest rate fluctuated year to year, dropping to a low of 2.9 in 2010 before rising. The statewide rate also varied annually, but showed an overall upward trend, increasing 28% from 2000 to 2017.

Compared to neighboring counties, Berks' drug abuse arrest rate in 2017 was similar to Lebanon and lower than Lehigh (5.1) and Schuylkill (5.5). Schuylkill's rate more than quadrupled from 2000 to 2017.

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. Comparable national data was not available. Differences in rates may reflect a variety of factors, including differences in laws and law enforcement priorities, in addition the severity of drug activity in an area.

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Drug Abuse Arrests
Berks County3.
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2.
Lancaster County3.
Lebanon County2.
Lehigh County3.
Montgomery County2.
Schuylkill County1.

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Number of Drug Abuse Arrests
Berks County1,4691,4151,2601,4781,3761,2981,3351,5281,4431,2681,1781,3171,5881,4011,7061,6961,4261,991
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County9648249958491,0781,2011,0301,2101,1891,1321,3851,4161,3471,4561,4761,4771,4061,465
Lancaster County1,4021,2681,1901,1481,2221,1231,1101,0371,0059841,0249701,1331,0771,1571,2741,3671,869
Lebanon County272337392364385449443420378387381321292320487501496617
Lehigh County1,1081,5261,2751,3491,2991,2371,2931,1461,1541,1351,1011,0321,3901,4151,4351,4781,5141,854
Montgomery County1,9621,9311,8321,9432,2252,4512,6242,8132,6602,5752,5282,6642,8422,8173,2262,9723,1643,522
Schuylkill County151247194183258249297269356404448462496486602814815779

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing