The Wolf administration Thursday morning announced that the state will provide free naloxone to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
The effort is part of the administration’s goal to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and to help get residents into treatment. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid during an overdose.
The state estimates that since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone used by first responders in the state.
“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 in a news release. “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.”
In addition to the free distribution, naloxone is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round and is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost, the state said.
In Cumberland County, the distribution will take place at the state health center at 431 E. North St., in Carlisle. No appointments are necessary.
Here are other locations around the Midstate:
- Perry County State Health Center, 153 Red Hill Road, Newport
- Dauphin County State Health Center, 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg
- Franklin County State Health Center, 375 Floral Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg
- Adams County State Health Center, 424 E. Middle St., Suite 1, Gettysburg
- York County State Health Center, 1750 N. George St., York
- York City Bureau of Health, 435 W. Philadelphia St., York