Coroner Battles Heroin Epidemic

When Pam Gay ran for coroner of York County, PA, heroin wasn’t considered a major public health issue. But in 2013 the office investigated 17 overdoses, and Gay’s chief deputy warned, “I think this may be a problem for us next year.” By the end of 2014 62 people died from heroin overdoses, ranking mostly rural York County sixth among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in per capita heroin deaths. Gay set about transforming the coroner’s office, becoming an advocate for the use of naloxone to save lives. Read Full Report (USA Today Feb 16, 2017)