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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is currently struggling with high rates of opioid use disorders and drug trafficking. Luckily, the city is home to multiple rehabilitation centers, including the Penn State Health Psychiatric Institute.

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Addiction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Situated on the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg is one of the largest cities in all of Pennsylvania and the state capitol. The city is a popular tourist destination within the state due to the local government monuments and its close proximity to Hershey. However, Harrisburg is struggling with high rates of opioid abuse and, like most East Coast cities, drug trafficking. In 2015, there were 125 opioid-related overdose deaths in Dauphin County, making it one of the highest in the state.

The Opioid Epidemic

The entire state of Pennsylvania is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and Harrisburg has not been spared of its devastating effects. Pennsylvania is recorded to have had a seventeen-fold increase in overdose deaths over the past 5 years, from 108 reported deaths in 2013 to 1,982 deaths in 2017. Many officials are attributing the rise in mortality rates to the growing popularity of fentanyl in south central PA. Because fentanyl is so potent, it can cause a much higher rate of overdose death than heroin, despite lower user rates. In 2015, 52% of all drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania were due to Fentanyl alone. Local law enforcement reports show that many users are now seeking out fentanyl instead of unknowingly purchasing the drug disguised as heroin, and street-level traffickers are openly marketing fentanyl to customers instead of disguising it as heroin.

This past year, Dauphin County experienced a record high of opioid overdose deaths, with 102 fatalities. In response to this alarming trend, Harrisburg officials are attempting to curb drug misuse by hosting several drug take-back events throughout the city and informative training sessions on how to administer the overdose reversing drug Narcan. The Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services Department is also sponsoring an anti-substance abuse campaign to correct misconceptions about drug and alcohol use and encourage the city’s youth to make more positive choices.

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Drug Trafficking in Harrisburg

Harrisburg is a prominent hub for illicit substance trafficking, as the transportation infrastructure is ideal for smuggling drugs into the area. Thousands of cars pass through south central Pennsylvania daily on Interstate 78, which has made it a major route for drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to bring drugs up from the southwest border. Interstate 81 is part of a network of highways called Corridor A that stops just before Pennsylvania, on which tons of illegal drugs transported from southern California and Florida are moved into major northern cities. I-81 connects then with I-78 in Union Township and continues east towards north New Jersey and New York City. Drugs are moved along the road system towards those destinations and deposited along the way for local distribution. DTOs will typically stop somewhere in Lebanon County, repackage the drugs, and distribute them to cities such as Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Reading, and Easton.

Central Pennsylvania also boasts a network of airports, including Harrisburg International Airport, which is the third-busiest passenger airport in Pennsylvania and an active cargo hub. Air travel is attractive to drug dealers for a variety of reasons, including: the speed of transportation, the fact that flight security is often focused more on passenger security than drug interdiction, and the ability of drug traffickers to change flights at the last minute or leave at a layover stop if needed. As of recent years, the Harrisburg airport has experienced increased rates of cocaine seizures on incoming flights from Puerto Rico.

To combat drug smuggling and other illegal activity on the highways, the Pennsylvania state police instituted the Safe Highways Initiative through Effective Law Enforcement, or “Operation Shield,” to increase awareness and patrol of the roads. Additionally, Dauphin County officials have assembled a task force that continually works with a variety of local, state, and national organizations to reduce trafficking, including the DEA, U.S. Marshalls, FBI, and even the U.S. postal service. Within the first 3 months of the Dauphin County Drug Task Force’s conception, state police sized more than 29 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $10 million.

Harrisburg Substance Abuse Statistics



In 2016, 4,642 people in Pennsylvania died from drug overdose, which averages to 13 deaths per day.



The presence of an opioid, illicit or prescription, was identified in 85% of all drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2016.



78% of Pennsylvania counties currently have an overdose death rate higher than the national average.

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Regardless of the addiction, there are many considerations that go into choosing the right drug or alcohol rehab in Pennsylvania. The type of substances abused and length of addiction will dictate which level of care is needed and help narrow down your options. Luckily, Harrisburg is home to countless rehabilitation centers including the Penn State Health Psychiatric Institute. If you’re someone that’s struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, contact a dedicated treatment provider and find the rehab facility that’s right for you.

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Harrisburg, PA 17108
717- 233-3733

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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg gives B.A.S.I.C.S (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), Resources and Information for Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

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Messiah College

The staff of the Engle Center realizes that taking great care of your physical wellbeing and your enthusiastic prosperity is a crucial segment of helping you to benefit as much as possible from ...

One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg PA 17055

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Dickinson College

The Wellness Center offers substance utilize assessments, amass sessions, and individual counseling sessions for students intrigued by recognizing the part that substances are at present playing...

28 N College St
Carlisle, PA 17013

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Elizabethtown College

Counseling services are available to currently enrolled students for no additional charge in a confidential and diversity affirming environment that facilitate our students’ personal, soci...

One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298

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Franklin and Marshall College

The Counseling Services personals has broad expertise in college counseling and is dedicated to given out top quality services for college students in an exceedingly secure, classified, and libe...

931 Harrisburg Ave (College Square)
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

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Lebanon Valley College

The LVC personnel recognize that your college incident may present personal and intermediary challenges, in addition to opportunities for development. Especially for those students are looking ...

101 College Ave
Annville, PA 17003

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Consolidated School of Business-York

The personal at CSB is paying attention on you and your achievement. Thus CSB offers a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program to help students to find the suitable resources for counseling an...

1605 Clugston Rd
York, PA 17404

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YTI Career Institute-York

Numerous issues can be effectively treated if distinguished early, and a referral is made to those talented in managing them whether the issue is one of physical ailment, mental or emotional anx...

1405 Williams Rd
York, PA 17402

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York College Pennsylvania

College is a challenging time where there are new relationships to build with, deadlines to meet with, a career to plan which seems like a lot of juggle for students. To find solutions to life’s...

441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651

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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York

The counselors at the Student Affairs office are special trained to helps the students with issues lie Alcohol or other drug abuse. They are also actively involved in alcohol awareness activitie...

1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403-3326

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