HARRISBURG – On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will provide naloxone free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state to combat opioid overdoses and urge residents to get into drug treatment, Rep Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) said today.
“According to the 2018 Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force report, Delaware County ranks in the top 10 Pennsylvania counties for drug overdose deaths,” said Quinn. “In 2016, 206 drug-related fatalities were recorded in Delaware County and the numbers continue to climb. We must get this situation under control. The availability of naloxone will save lives and allow these citizens the opportunity to get into treatment.”
Naloxone can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Since November of 2014, more than 20,000 lives have been saved in Pennsylvania by police and EMS providers who administered naloxone.
In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian in need to get naloxone at a pharmacy. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost.
“In our area, naloxone kits will be distributed for free on Thursday, Dec. 13, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Delaware County State Health Center, 151 W. Fifth St., Suite 1, in Chester,” said Quinn.
Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at pa.gov/opioids
Information regarding efforts to prevent opioid abuse in Delaware County can be found online at delcopa.gov/heroin/prevention.html
Representative Chris Quinn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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