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Free Naloxone Available, Here's Where to Get It

Pennsylvania gave away free kits of the opiod-reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan) at 80 centers around the state on December 13. If you missed the giveaway there's still a way to get it free or low cost.

It's not every day you can get something for free that could save someone's life. But that's exactly what will happen on Thursday 12/13/18 all across Pennsylvania.

On that day, any member of the public will be able to get a free Naloxone kit at one of 80 participating locations across the state. It's part of the state's campaign " Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week," which is part of governor Tom Wolf's administration's focus on preventing opioid addiction and overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania's nearly 5400 drug overdose deaths in 2017 was the highest of any state in the country.

Naloxone is a drug that goes by the brand name Narcan. It temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, saving the victim's live. Naloxone can be administered by anyone, not just health care professionals. In fact, experts recommend that everyone with a loved one who is taking opioids (by prescription, or recreationally) keep a kit on hand. Each free kit contains 2 doses of the drug, along with step-by-step instructions on how to use it.

Places where you can get your free kit include the Allegheny County Health Department or outside of Allegheny County, your county's State Health Center (SHC). Community centers, churches and fire departments are also serving as distribution centers in some counties. The centers will be open 11am-7pm. There are no requirements and you won't need ID.

For a list of the participating centers, click here . For information about how to get help for an opioid addiction, click here .

If you missed the free giveaway, Naloxone (Narcan) is also available at most pharmacies across the state year-round with no prescription needed. It is available for free or at a low cost with many insurance plans.

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