The Chester County Coroner’s Office is an independent agency serving the citizens and honoring the deceased of the county by investigating the facts and circumstances concerning jurisdictional deaths which have occurred within Chester County in order to determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent, and to provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.
Notice re Carfentanil Death
It is the duty of this office to inform the public that on July 4, 2017, a drug fatality occurred in Phoenixville that tested positive for the designed opioid, Carfentanil. Carfentanil is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that can resemble cocaine or heroin and is often disguised as heroin. The substance can come in various different forms and can be unintentionally inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Only properly trained and equipped professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain Carfentanil. Seek immediate medical attention if suspected exposure occurs and be ready to administer naloxone in the event of exposure. Please refer to the Carfentanil document from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Dr. Gordon Eck, Coroner
- Coroner Report Request Form
- Cremation Authorization Form
- Death Certificate - Copies of a death certificate are provided by the PA Department of Health, Vital Statistics at 800-842-5040 or visit their website.
|Manner of Death||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Total*|
|Toxicology Draws Only||9||6||13||11||12||11||15||
|Type of Accident||Total*|
|Motor Vehicle Accident||14|
|Type of Suicide||Total*|
|Type of Homicide||Total*|
|Carbon Monoxide Poisoning||1|