Nalox­one to be avail­able at 80 sites statewide Dec. 13

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The state will pro­vide the over­dose-re­vers­ing drug nalox­one free to any Penn­syl­va­nian who wants it on Dec. 13 at nearly 80 lo­ca­tions across the com­mon­wealth, Gov. Tom Wolf’s of­fice an­nounced.

Dis­tri­bu­tion will be pri­mar­ily at state health cen­ters and lo­cal health de­part­ments and will be be­tween 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at most lo­ca­tions. It is part of the Wolf ad­min­is­tra­tion ef­fort to re­duce 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,” Mr. Wolf said in a news re­lease Thurs­day.

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 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,” Dr. Levine said in the re­lease. “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.”

Nalox­one is avail­able at most phar­ma­cies across the state year-round and is avail­able to many with pub­lic and pri­vate in­sur­ance at phar­ma­cies for free or at a low cost.

Here are Al­legheny County lo­ca­tions for the Dec. 13 nalox­one dis­tri­bu­tion:

• Al­legheny County Health Depart­ment Im­mu­niza­tion Clinic, Hart­ley Rose Build­ing – 425 First Ave., fourth floor, Down­town Pitts­burgh, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Duquesne Univer­sity Phar­macy – 1860 Cen­tre Ave., Up­town

• Fo­cus on Re­newal Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­ter -420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks

• Mil­l­vale Com­mu­nity Cen­ter – 501 Lin­coln Ave., Mil­l­vale

• St. Peter’s Epis­co­pal Church – 4048 Brownsville Rd., Brent­wood

• St. Stephen’s Epis­co­pal Church – 220 eighth St., McKeesport

• Tur­tle Creek Fire Depart­ment – 125 Mon­roeville Ave., Tur­tle Creek

More on Stop Over­doses Week, nalox­one and dis­tri­bu­tion sites in other coun­ties is avail­able on the state web­site.

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