May 11 2017
10:00 am

Governor Wolf Celebrates Drug Take-Back Box Success, Announces Philadelphia Police Naloxone Funding at Walgreens

Walgreens Philadelphia Flagship Store, 1 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Governor Wolf will be joined by Acting Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith, Mayor Jim Kenney, and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross to celebrate the success of the prescription drug take-back box program and additional funding to provide the Philadelphia police with naloxone.

Addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose is a major component of fighting the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, has worked to install secure and permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in communities across the state. Walgreens has participated in the drug take-back box program in PA since late December.

In 2016, there were more than 900 overdose deaths in Philadelphia. Making naloxone more available to Philadelphia police is key to reversing overdoses and saving lives. With the announced funding, approximately 5,000 naloxone kits will be purchased by the Philadelphia and SEPTA police.