Free Naloxone Distribution This Week & Next in Pennsylvania
How to find the location nearest you to get the life-saving opioid reversal drug.
Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week
in Pennsylvania, a statewide initiative to get help for residents suffering from opioid addiction, and get the overdose reversal medication naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, into the hands of people who can save others from overdose. "It is impossible to get someone into treatment who is dead," PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine stated bluntly. "Anyone can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed."
"Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder."
Residents will be able to visit one of 95 locations across the state this Wednesday and next to get their free naloxone. The distributions will primarily take place at state health centers and county and municipal health departments, while supplies last :
Wednesday, September 18
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Important note: Some locations are operating at different hours and not on both days. For the most up-to-date information regarding distribution locations, click here.
The state's drug hotline has been able to connect nearly half of all callers directly to treatment.
Since Pennsylvania established an Opioid Command Center in 2018 and Governor Tom Wolf signed an opioid disaster declaration:
- The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has reduced opioid prescriptions by 27 percent and has virtually eliminated doctor shopping.
- The waiver of birth certificate fees for those with opioid use disorder has helped close to 2,500 people, enabling easier entry into recovery programs.
- A standing order has allowed paramedics to leave behind nearly 1,100 doses of naloxone.
- More than 6,000 health care professionals have been visited and provided training on how to prescribe opioids cautiously and judiciously.
- 813 drug take-back boxes help Pennsylvanians properly dispose of unwanted drugs, including 482,000 pounds of unwanted drugs in 2018.
- The Get Help Now Hotline received more than 25,000 calls, with nearly half of all callers connected directly to a treatment provider.
If you need help, the Get Help Now Hotline is 1-800-662-4357.