On Sept. 18 and 25, the Wolf Administration will provide free naloxone at 95 locations across the state to any Pennsylvanian who wants it as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.
Distributions will take place at the McKean County Department of Health, 84 Boylston St, Bradford. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as supplies last.
“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for every resident to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.
Naloxone is a medication that does not harm the individual it is administered to, and is used to reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian to get naloxone at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.
“Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system to save someone’s life,” Dr. Levine said.
Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at www.pa.gov/opioids or on Facebook and Twitter, or call (814) 368-0426.