Opioid Seizures and Arrests CY 2013 - Current Quarterly County State Police

data.pa.gov | Last Updated 22 Jan 2020

This dataset contains summary information on opioid drug seizures and arrests made by Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) personnel, stationed statewide, on a quarterly basis. Every effort is made to collect and record all opioid drug seizures and arrests however, the information provided may not represent the totality of all seizures and opioid arrests made by PSP personnel. Data is currently available from January 1, 2013 through most current data available. Seizure Opioids seized as a result of undercover buys, search warrants, traffic stops and other investigative encounters. An incident is a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recorded violation of the Controlled Substance Act and an entry into the PSP Statistical Narcotics System. By regulation, entry is made by the PSP as stated in PSP Administrative Regulation 9-6: When violations of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act are reported, the required statistical information concerning the incident shall be entered into the Statistical Narcotic Reporting System (SNRS). Incidents may include undercover buys, search warrants, traffic stops and other investigative encounters So, an “incident” is not based on any arrest, but on a reported violation, though it often can include arrests. The incidents that are selected and forwarded to the portal are those that include a record of one or more seizures of the opioid drugs. In turn, a subset of those selected incidents also contains a record of one or more arrests. This is PSP data only, it would not include any Federal case/incident data.

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This dataset has the following 14 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
YearyeartextCalendar Year January 1 – December 31
QtrqtrtextThe quarter of reporting. Possible values include: 1 represents January 1 - March 31 2 represents April 1 - June 30 3 represents July 1 - September 30 4 represents October 1 - December 31
Qtr Start Dateqtr_start_datecalendar_dateThe first day of the reporting quarter as a date field.
County Codecounty_codenumberCode of 1 - 67 for the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Location in Pennsylvania where the seizure took place. If the location was out of state, this field is left blank. This column may be used to connect to other datasets.
County Code Textcounty_code_texttextCode of 01 - 67 for the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Location in Pennsylvania where the seizure took place. If the location was out of state, this field is left blank. This is a text column so that leading zeroes show on the low numbers. This column maybe used to connect to other datasets.
FIPS State Codefips_state_codetextThese are the first 2 digits of the 5-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code that designate the State association. Each State has its own 2-digit number and each County within the state has its own 3-digit number which are combined into a 5-digit number to uniquely identify every US county. For more technical details : Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS PUBS) are issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after approval by the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to Section 111 (d) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 as amended by the Computer Security Act of 1987, Public Law 100-235. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 6-4, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the U.S., Its Possessions, and Associated Areas -- 90 Aug 31 , provides the names and codes that represent the counties and other entities treated as equivalent legal and/or statistical subdivisions of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the possessions and freely associated areas of the United States. Counties are considered to be the "first-order subdivisions" of each State and statistically equivalent entity, regardless of their local designations (county, parish, borough, etc.). Information gathered from census data - https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/codes/cou.html If the location was out of state, this field is left blank.
FIPS County Codefips_county_codetextThe FIPS county code is a five-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code (FIPS 6-4) which uniquely identifies counties and county equivalents in the United States, certain U.S. possessions, and certain freely associated states. This is the 3-digit part of the 5-digit county FIPS code specifically standing for the county. If the location was out of state, this field is left blank.
County Namecounty_nametextThe name of the county. This says out of state if the location was not within Pennsylvania.
DrugdrugtextThe name of the Opioid drug being reported. Possible values include: Fentanyl – category used to enter all synthetic opioids typically a white powder however sometimes seized in patch form. (Schedule II controlled substance) Heroin - category used to enter a white or brownish colored crystalline powder derived from morphine, usually seized packaged in glassine packets or as bulk powder. (Schedule I controlled substance) Opium - category used to enter opioids or opiate pills such as Hydrocodone, Codeine and OxyContin pills. (Most exhibits submitted to the crime laboratories in this category are Schedule II, however, III, IV and V controlled substances may also be included.) *Note: Entries regarding the drugs seized are made by investigators using presumptive tests then verified by lab analysis. Lab analysis can take up to three months and therefore drug type values could change after lab analysis. Quarterly quantity values could change as a result of updated entries following lab analysis.
Incident Countincident_countnumberThe number of PSP seizure incidents associated with the reported drug. Incidents may include undercover buys, search warrants, traffic stops and other investigative encounters. An incident is a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recorded violation of the Controlled Substance Act and an entry into the PSP Statistical Narcotics System. By regulation, entry is made by the PSP as stated in PSP Administrative Regulation 9-6: When violations of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act are reported, the required statistical information concerning the incident shall be entered into the Statistical Narcotic Reporting System (SNRS). Incidents may include undercover buys, search warrants, traffic stops and other investigative encounters So, an “incident” is not based on any arrest, but on a reported violation, though it often can include arrests. The incidents that are selected and forwarded to the portal are those that include a record of one or more seizures of the opioid drugs. In turn, a subset of those selected incidents also contains a record of one or more arrests. This is PSP data only, it would not include any Federal case/incident data.
Drug Quantitydrug_quantitynumberThe amount of the Opioid drug seized in a decimal numeric format.
Unit Usedunit_usedtextThe unit used to report the quantity, measured in Kilograms.
ArrestsarrestsnumberThe number of arrests, both felony and misdemeanor, in connection with the seizure of the reported drug.
Lat/Longlat_longlocationLatitude and Longitude. One random point within the county boundary to help with creating a boundary map within the county lines. If the location was out of state, this field is left blank.