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Drug Overdose Task Force

The Drug Overdose Task Force (DOTF) provides technical assistance and helps communities build coalitions to address the overdose epidemic in Westmoreland County.  The DOTF is led by Director Tim Phillips and advised by Westmoreland County Commissioners Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Chuck Anderson. 

In 2017 there were 181 confirmed deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses in Westmoreland County with 12 cases pending investigation. 53 cases involved heroin and 132 involved fentanyl.

In 2016 there were 174 confirmed deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses in Westmoreland County. 94 of the confirmed cases involved heroin.

In 2015, the overdose number was 126.

Visit the Westmoreland County Coroner’s website for up-to-date data.

Click here for the annual report for Westmoreland Coalition on Substance Use.



These are the facts:

  • Drug overdoses kill more Pennsylvanians each year than car accidents.
  • In Westmoreland County last year, those in age group 21-40 were dying most often.
  • Opioids are the most common cause of overdose deaths in Westmoreland County.
  • Opioids depress respiration – an overdose stops breathing and depresses the central nervous system, resulting in death. Naloxone reverses this.
  • Heroin users aren’t the only ones at risk – risk factors such as asthma, taking high doses of pain medication, alcohol and other substance abuse or underlying mental illness increases the likelihood of overdose.

But amidst these grim statistics, there is hope. The Westmoreland County Drug Treatment Court is working to give individuals from our community new hope. Become a partner in someone’s future by donating to the Westmoreland County Drug Court Scholarship Fund.

Memorialize a loved one or request that he or she be remembered in lieu of funeral flowers, honor a family celebration, or designate the Fund as a beneficiary in your will.

Eligible Drug Court participants attending higher education or vocational school to build their futures will be able to apply for scholarships in 2017. No gift is too large or too small.

There are two easy ways to donate:

  • Click the PayPal Donate button above to donate online. In the note section, please write “DOTF”.
  • Make a check payable to: Westmoreland Community Action/DOTF and write “DC Scholarship” in the memo line. Send your check to: Accounting Department/Donations; DOTF; Westmoreland Community Action; 226 South Maple Avenue; Greensburg, PA 15601

Westmoreland Community Action is a tax exempt 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.


GET IN WESTMORELAND is a project of the Westmoreland County (PA) Drug Overdose Task Force. Visit us on the web at www.getinwestmoreland.info.




Telephone: 724-834-1260
Toll Free Phone: 800-816-0022

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FAX: 724-838-9563

General Information:

226 South Maple Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601

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