A kit to administer naloxone via nasal injection. Jeff Anderson/Flickr
Flush with $10 million in funding from the Bloomberg Foundation, the Commonwealth is acting to drastically expand access to naloxone by making it available today, for free, at nearly 80 locations across the Commonwealth.
lush with $10 million in funding from the Bloomberg Foundation, the Commonwealth is acting to drastically expand access to naloxone by making it available today, for free, at nearly 80 locations across the Commonwealth.
Lebanon County residents are directed to visit the Lebanon County Health Center at 9 N. 9th Street in Lebanon.
You may also visit the Lancaster County State Health Center at 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike or the Dauphin County State Health Center at 30 Kline Plaza in Harrisburg.
All locations will be open from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
Naloxone, brand name Narcan, is a life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.
Along with the rest of the Wolf administration, Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine has made the opoid crisis a key focus of her tenure in the state’s highest medical office—including this YouTube video on how naloxone can be used to revive someone who has overdosed on opoids.
According to a report by Lancaster Newspapers, the funding comes out of a budget maintained by the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency for naloxone use by first responders.
Administration of naloxone is covered under Good Samaritan laws. Members of the public wishing to be trained in naloxone administration should visit GetNaloxoneNow, which maintains a well-regarded training module on the topic. According to the state, you are immune from liability for giving naloxone if you believed the person was suffering from an opioid overdose (heroin or prescription pain medication) and you called for medical help/911 after giving the medication.
Naloxone availability is widely credited as one of the driving mechanisms behind year-over-year decrease in overdose deaths now being seen across the nation.