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 - To obtain certified copies of a death certificate you must contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Vital Statistics at 800-842-5040 or visit their website.
Drug Death DataThe Chester County Coroner’s Office and the University of Pittsburg are working together to provide an ongoing overview of the drug death data in Chester County.
The following link http://www.overdosefreepa.pitt.edu/charts/ will allow you to view the Chester County drug death data which includes charts, graphs and maps on the demographics, the top ten drugs found in overdoses along with other information. Once you click on the above link, scroll to the bottom and select “Chester County” from the counties section of the drop down list.
|Manner of Death||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Total*|
|Toxicology Draws Only||9||6||13||11||12||11||62|
|Type of Accident||Total*|
|Motor Vehicle Accident||14|
|Type of Suicide||Total*|
|Type of Homicide||Total*|
|Blunt force injury||0|
|Carbon Monoxide Poisoning||1|