Gov. Wolf Receives Naloxone Kit for Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week

December 10, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited the Dauphin County State Health Center in Kline Plaza today to launch Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week and receive a free naloxone kit, which all Pennsylvanians can do on Dec.13 at one of 80 locations across the state.

“As the commonwealth and the nation continue to battle the opioid crisis, it’s imperative that we keep those suffering from opioid use disorder alive, so they can get into treatment,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a disease we are fighting and those with it need to be treated with the same respect and care as those who are battling any other illness. The state is here to help as we launch Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week.”

In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is carried at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies either for free or at a low cost. The state’s physician general, now secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, issued a standing order for naloxone so that any Pennsylvanian could obtain the medication.

Since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania. And since 2016, nearly 3,000 people with OUD have been transferred into treatment via the state’s warm handoff program.

“People should know that we are all first responders in the opioid epidemic and we must all be equipped to help in any way we can,” Gov. Wolf said. “Having a naloxone kit in your car or home may mean you can save a life and help someone into recovery.”

Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at us on Facebook and Twitter.

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