Pennsylvanians can pick up free naloxone

HARRISBURG — As part of the commonwealth’s second Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday reminded all Pennsylvanians that the life-saving, overdose-reversal medication naloxone will be available free at more than 95 locations across the state today and Sept. 25.

“It’s imperative that we do all that we can to help our fellow Pennsylvanians during the ongoing opioid crisis,” Wolf said. “We can all be first responders if we come across someone who is experiencing an overdose from heroin or opioids and so receiving and carrying naloxone is vital. That’s why I am encouraging all Pennsylvanians to find a location near them and to pick up a free naloxone kit.”

Wolf first signed a 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration in January 2018, and recently renewed it for the seventh time. The 17 state agencies working as part of the Opioid Command Center focus on three areas: prevention, rescue and treatment. Naloxone is a rescue component with more than 25,000 lives saved in the state with the medication.

“When someone is revived from an overdose, we can help move them into treatment and recovery,” Wolf said. “Without naloxone, we wouldn’t be able to help so many people suffering from opioid use disorder. With it, we are making a difference.”

State health centers that will be distributing naloxone incude:

– Blair County SHC, 615 Howard Ave., Suite 101, Altoona.

– Cambria County SHC, 184 Donald Lane, Suite 1, Johnstown.

– Bedford County SHC, 130 Vondersmith Ave., Suite A, Bedford.

– Centre County SHC, 2850 Park Center Blvd., State College.

– Huntingdon County SHC, 6311 Margy Drive, Suite 1 , Huntingdon.

– Clearfield County SHC, 1125 Linden St., Suite 1, Clearfield.

– Somerset County SHC, 651 South Center Ave., Somerset.