State to give away nalox­one

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HAR­RIS­BURG — Penns yl va­nia i s ex­pand­ing ef­forts to make the an­tiover­dose med­i­ca­tion nalox­one avail­able to the pub­lic with a statewide dis­tri­bu­tion day next week.

Of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that nalox­one will be pro­vided free to any state res­i­dent at 80 lo­ca­tions — most of t hem state, county and mu­nic­i­pal health of­fices — from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs­day. That in­cludes Schuylkill County State Health Cen­ter, One Norwe- gian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville.

The drug is also reg­u­larly avail­able at most phar­ma­cies in Penn­syl­va­nia, at lit­tle or no cost for those with in­sur­ance.

It can re­verse over­doses by block­ing opi­oids’ ef­fect on the brain and res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.

The Wolf ad­min­is­tra­tion said over the past four years more than 20,000 peo­ple in Penn­syl­va­nia have been re­vived by po­lice and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices re­spon­ders us­ing nalox­one.

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