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Penn. Officials Distributed Nearly 7K Narcan Kits to Residents This Week

Beaver County Times, Pa.

Nearly 6,800 free Naloxone kits were distributed this month across Pennsylvania as state officials continue to work to get the opioid overdose reversal drug to as many people as possible.

"The life-saving medication Naloxone is essential for every resident to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "We want to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have the proper tools to help fight this opioid crisis, and through this opportunity for free Naloxone, we are saving lives and getting those who need it most into treatment."

Naloxone kits were given away Sept. 18 and 25 at 95 sites across the state, including at state health centers in Bridgewater and New Castle. In Beaver County, 58 kits were distributed; in Lawrence County, 37.

Overall, 6,774 kits were distributed, with Philadelphia leading the state at 1,203 kits, followed by Allegheny County with 1,098.

"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," state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in the joint statement with Wolf.

Officials have said that more than 25,000 people have been revived with Naloxone by police officers and emergency medical service responders since November 2014.

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