State to give away anti-overdose drug naloxone next week

    Pennsylvania is expanding efforts to make the anti-overdose medication naloxone available to the public with a statewide distribution day next week. (MGN)

    Free naloxone will be available for Pennsylvania residents across the state, the Wolf administration announced Thursday.

    The medication will be given out at 80 locations, mostly at state health centers, and county and municipal health departments on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    “The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that through this opportunity for free naloxone, we can save more lives and get more Pennsylvanians into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”

    Naloxone can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.

    “Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system and save someone’s life," Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is impossible to get someone into treatment who is dead. Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder and can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed.”

    More than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police and emergency medical services personnel since November 2014, according to officials.

    “One of the biggest misconceptions of individuals battling substance use disorder is that they want to die, when the vast majority of overdose deaths are accidental,” said Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jen Smith. “We do not stand a chance in overcoming this epidemic if we are unable to help individuals into treatment. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help their loved ones in their time of need.”

    Naloxone is also available at most pharmacies across the state for little to no cost with insurance.

    The medication will be given out in the region at the following locations:

    Bedford County:

    Bedford County State Health Center – 130 Vindersmith Ave., Suite A, Bedford, PA 15522

    Blair County:

    Blair County State Health Center – 615 Howard Ave., Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601

    Cambria County:

    Cambria County State Health Center – 184 Donald Ln., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904

    Centre County:

    Centre Life Link EMS – 2580 Park Center Blvd., State College, PA 16801

    Clearfield County:

    Clearfield County State Health Center – 1125 Linden St., Suite 1, Clearfield, PA 16830

    Elk County:

    Elk/Cameron County State Health Center – 778 Washington Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

    Huntingdon County:

    Huntingdon County State Health Center – 6311 Margy Dr., Suite 1, Huntingdon, PA 16652

    Jefferson County:

    Jefferson County State Health Center – 200 Prushnok Dr., Suite 202A, Punxsutawney, PA 15767

    Somerset County:

    Somerset County State Health Center – 651 S. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501

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