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Pennsylvanians can Receive Naloxone for Free on Thursday

Posted by on December 11th, 2018 Posted in: Consumer Health, Health Professionals, In the Region, K-12, Public Health

From the Pennsylvania Press Room:

The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.

“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that through this opportunity for free naloxone, we can save more lives and get more Pennsylvanians into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian to get naloxone at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.

“Naloxone has one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system and save someone’s life, “Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is impossible to get someone in to treatment who is dead. Every Pennsylvanian has a role to play as a potential first responder and can save a life by having naloxone on hand and using it if they come across someone who has overdosed.”

Since November 2014, more than 20,000 people have been revived with naloxone by police officers and EMS providers in Pennsylvania.

“One of the biggest misconceptions of individuals battling substance use disorder is that they want to die, when the vast majority of overdose deaths are accidental,” said Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jen Smith. “We do not stand a chance in overcoming this epidemic if we are unable to help individuals into treatment. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help their loved ones in their time of need.”

In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost.

Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at www.pa.gov/opioids

EDITOR’S NOTE: Naloxone kits will be distributed for free between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on December 13 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.

Adams County: Adams County State Health Center – 424 E. Middle St., Suite 1, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Allegheny County:

  • Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Duquesne University Pharmacy – 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Focus on Renewal Community Resource Center – 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136
  • Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – 4048 Brownsville Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15227
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – 220 8th St., McKeesport, PA 15132
  • Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Armstrong County: Armstrong County State Health Center – 245 Butler Rd., Suite 1, Kittanning, PA 16201

Beaver County: Beaver County State Health Center – 500 Market Street, Suite 104, Bridgewater, PA 15009

Bedford County: Bedford County State Health Center – 130 Vindersmith Ave., Suite A, Bedford, PA 15522

Berks County: Berks County State Health Center – 625 Cherry St., Room 401, Reading, PA 19602

Blair County: Blair County State Health Center – 615 Howard Ave., Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601

Bradford County: Bradford/Sullivan County State Health Center – 142 Colonial Dr., Towanda, PA 18848

Bucks County:

  • Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission – 600 Louis Dr., Suite 102A, Warminster, PA 18974
  • Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center – 1286 Veterans Hwy., Suite 6D, Bristol, PA 19007
  • Quakertown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library – 401 W. Mill St., Quakertown, PA 18951

Butler County: Butler County State Health Center – 100 Brugh Ave., Suite 201, Butler, PA 16001

Cambria County: Cambria County State Health Center – 184 Donald Ln., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904

Cameron County: Cameron County Recreation Center – 300 S. Chestnut St., Emporium, PA 15834

Carbon County: Carbon County State Health Center – 281 N. 12th St., Suite A, Lehighton, PA 18235

Centre County: Centre Life Link EMS – 125 Puddintown Rd., State College, PA 16801

Chester County: Chester County Department of Health – 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 290, West Chester, PA 19382

Clarion County: Clarion County State Health Center – Applewood Center, 162 S. 2nd St. Suite D, Clarion, PA 16214

Clearfield County: Clearfield County State Health Center – 1125 Linden St., Suite 1, Clearfield, PA 16830

Clinton County: Clinton County State Health Center – 215 E. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745

Columbia County: Columbia County State Health Center – 327 Columbia Blvd., Suite 2, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Crawford County: Crawford County State Health Center – 847 N. Main St., Suite 101, Meadville, PA 16335

Cumberland County: Cumberland County State Health Center – 431 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013

Dauphin County: Dauphin County State Health Center – 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Delaware County: Delaware County State Health Center – 151 W. Fifth St., Suite 1, Chester, PA 19013

Elk County: Elk/Cameron County State Health Center – 778 Washington Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

Erie County: Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St., Erie, PA 16507

Fayette County: Fayette County State Health Center – 100 New Salem Rd., Suite 102, Uniontown, PA 15401

Forest County: Forest County State Health Center – 305 S. Elm St., Tionesta, PA 16353

Franklin County: Franklin County State Health Center – 375 Floral Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Fulton County: Fulton County State Health Center – 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite C, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Greene County: Greene County State Health Center – 101 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Huntingdon County: Huntingdon County State Health Center – 6311 Margy Dr., Suite 1, Huntingdon, PA 16652

Indiana County: Indiana County State Health Center – 75 N. 2nd St., Indiana, PA 15701

Jefferson County: Jefferson County State Health Center – 200 Prushnok Dr., Suite 202A, Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Juniata County: Juniata County State Health Center – 809 Market St., Port Royal, PA 17082

Lackawanna County: Lackawanna County State Health Center – Scranton State Office Building, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Room 110, Scranton, PA 18503

Lancaster County: Lancaster County State Health Center – 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Lawrence County: Lawrence County State Health Center – 106 Margaret St., New Castle, PA 16101

Lebanon County: Lebanon County State Health Center – 9 N. 9th St., Lebanon, PA 17046

Lehigh County:

  • Lehigh County State Health Center – 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall, PA 18052
  • Allentown City Bureau of Health – Alliance Hall, 245 North 6th St., Allentown, PA 18102 from 11 am to 5 pm

Luzerne County:

  • Luzerne County State Health Center – 665 Carey Ave., Suite 2, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
  • Wilkes-Barre City Health Department – 71 N. Franklin St., Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Lycoming County: Lycoming County State Health Center – 1000 Commerce Park Dr., Suite 109, Williamsport, PA 17701

McKean County: McKean County State Health Center – 84-90 Boylston St., Bradford, PA 16701

Mercer County: Mercer County State Health Center – 25 McQuiston Dr., Jackson Center, PA 16133

Mifflin County: Mifflin County State Health Center – 21 S. Brown St., Suite 2A, Lewistown, PA 17044

Monroe County: Monroe County State Health Center – 1972 W. Main St., Suite 102, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Montgomery County:

  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Norristown Center, 1430 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA 19404 from 8 am to 4 pm
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Pottstown Center, 346 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464 from 8 am to 4 pm
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health – Willow Grove Center, 102 York Rd., Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090 from 8 am to 4 pm

Montour County: Montour County State Health Center – 329 Church St., Danville, PA 17821

Northampton County:

  • Northampton County State Health Center – 1600 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042
  • Bethlehem City Bureau of Health – 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 19404

Northumberland County: Northumberland County State Health Center – 247 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunbury, PA 17801

Perry County: Perry County State Health Center – 153 Red Hill Road, Newport, PA 17074

Philadelphia County:

  • Holmesburg Library – 7801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Lucien E. Blackwell West Library – 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • McPherson Square Library – 601 E. Indiana Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134 from 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • South Philly Library – 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 from 11 am to 5:30 pm

Pike County: Pike County State Health Center – 10 Buist Rd., Suite 401, Milford, PA 18337

Potter County: Potter County State Health Center – 295 U.S. Route 6 West, Suite 1, Coudersport, PA 16915

Schuylkill County: Schuylkill County State Health Center – One Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville, PA 17901

Snyder County: Selinsgrove Center – 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Somerset County: Somerset County State Health Center – 651 S. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501

Sullivan County: Dushore Fire Department – 212 Julia St., Dushore, PA 18614

Susquehanna County: Susquehanna County State Health Center – 157 Spruce St., Montrose, PA 18801

Tioga County: Tioga County State Health Center – 44 Plaza Ln., Wellsboro, PA 16901

Union County: Union County State Health Center – 1610 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Venango County: Venango County State Health Center – 3298 State Route 257, Seneca, PA 16346

Warren County: Warren County State Health Center – 2027 Pennsylvania Ave. East, Warren, PA 16365

Washington County: Washington County State Health Center – 167 N. Main St., Suite 100, Washington, PA 15301

Wayne County: Wayne County State Health Center – 615 Erie Heights, Honesdale, PA 18431

Westmoreland County:

  • Westmoreland County State Health Center – 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Monessen State Health Center – 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062

Wyoming County: Wyoming County State Health Center – 5632 State Route 6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

York County:

  • York County State Health Center – 1750 N. George St., York, PA 17404
  • York City Bureau of Health – 435 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401

NLM/NIH Resources on Opioids

Learn about Opioid Abuse and Addiction from MedlinePlus, in both English and Spanish.

Opioid Overdose Reversal with Naloxone – from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), learn about the different methods of administering naloxone, the risks and potential side effects.

Youth Drugs and Your Body – this NNLM program-in-a-box includes resources and materials to provide substance use awareness in your library or community organization, focusing on tweens/teens.

NNLM Webinar Recordings:

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