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 2018, there were 5.7 drug-related offenses reported per 1,000 residents in Berks County, above 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 92% over the next 8 years - the 2018 rate was up 68% since 2000, higher than the state's increase of 52%.

Berks' drug abuse offense rate in 2018 was higher than in all surrounding counties except Schuylkill, at 6.6 per 1,000 residents. Others ranged from 4.0 in Chester to 5.1 in Lebanon. From 2000 to 2018, rates increased significantly in all counties.

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 County1,2651,5251,4091,6551,3441,2291,4131,6781,6661,4351,2171,4511,5871,5891,8542,0682,2512,3652,387
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1,2018901,1669911,1351,3541,1771,2331,3331,2681,4521,4601,4631,5981,7291,8961,8601,9792,070
Lancaster County1,4471,1051,2301,2331,3761,2451,2061,1401,0721,1001,2461,1831,2601,1251,3831,4991,5511,9782,416
Lebanon County340537367360381422488441391422380377311417580626532616716
Lehigh County9821,1351,0171,1321,0661,0261,1081,0051,0449389319781,1541,1511,3201,4361,5741,8651,775
Montgomery County1,7841,8991,8032,1312,2682,5772,8932,9582,9042,8752,7422,8093,0584,3893,4593,4253,6214,1943,561
Schuylkill County140205178198292317352372435497468453499521625798794836938

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
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Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
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People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
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People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing