In ongoing efforts to prevent opioid overdose deaths, free naloxone will be available at 95 locations across the state on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 to any Pennsylvanian who wants it to help save lives.
The naloxone distribution is a combined effort with Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, a statewide initiative to give the overdose-reversal medication naloxone to Pennsylvanians for free and get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder.
Distributions will primarily take place at state health centers and county or municipal health departments on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. For specific locations and hours, click here.
Naloxone is used to reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Since November 2014, more than 25,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania.
In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Sept. 18 and 25, it is carried at most pharmacies across the state year-round and may be obtained through a standing order prescription available from the Department of Health.
Naloxone is also available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies either for free or at a low cost.
According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 10 Pennsylvanians are lost to substance abuse disorders every day. It’s a disease that affects every Pennsylvanian and “threatens entire communities in our Commonwealth.” Learn more naloxone and drug abuse treatment here.