Governor Wolf Announces 59 Counties Initially Participating in PCCD’s Naloxone for First Responders Program
December 05, 2017
Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 59 counties have been recently approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to be the initial recipients of naloxone for first responders in Pennsylvania. The naloxone was made available through a $5 million appropriation included in the 2017-2018 state budget.
“I would like to thank those who immediately seized upon this opportunity to provide life-saving naloxone in their counties,” Governor Wolf said. “Because of their action, 13,752 kits of naloxone – that’s 27,504 doses – are now available to these counties to help revive overdose victims.”
PCCD intends to conduct outreach efforts to the eight remaining counties to ensure that naloxone is made available to first responders in those areas.
Over the next two years, more than 60,000 naloxone kits, which include two, 4-milligram doses in each, will be available to all 67 counties and state agencies. The intranasal naloxone kits, or NARCAN®(naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray, are needle-free and designed for ease of use for nonmedical personnel. The kits are supplied by Adapt Pharma, Inc., headquartered in Radnor.
Counties participating in the naloxone program were required by PCCD to identify one main point of contact, a Centralized Coordinating Entity (CCE), for each county or region to coordinate the process and identify first responder needs for naloxone within that county or region. Eligible first responders include:
- Emergency Medical Services, Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Emergency Medical Technicians;
- Law Enforcement – including Municipal Police, Sheriff’s Offices, Campus Police, Campus Security, School Resource Officers and Park Rangers;
- Fire Fighters to include both volunteer and paid fire fighters;
- Adult Probation and Parole Officers;
- Juvenile Probation Officers;
- County Correctional Facilities;
- Afterschool Program Personnel;
- Public Transit Drivers;
- Domestic Violence Shelter Personnel;
- Homeless Shelter Personnel;
- Public Defenders Offices;
- Library Personnel;
- Drug Treatment Providers; and
- Any other community group legally organized and trained to respond to overdose emergencies and administer Intranasal naloxone.
A map highlighting the counties that have been awarded naloxone and their CCE contact information can be found on PCCD’s website at: http://www.pccd.pa.gov/criminaljustice/advisory_boards/Pages/Naloxone-for-First-Responders.aspx.