HARRISBURG, PA (WITF) – York County Solicitor Glenn Smith knows the county coroner’s phone number by heart. He calls often to get the most recent number of drug overdose deaths, a number that increases almost every day.
“As of today?” said County Coroner Pam Gay. “Twenty-two confirmed, another 25 suspected. We just had two this morning.”
York County has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, with 176 overdose deaths last year. It is one of 16 Pennsylvania counties to sue Purdue Pharmaceuticals and other companies that make prescription opioids.