Penn. to Provide $5 Million for Naloxone Funds to First Responders

Penn. to Provide $5 Million for Naloxone Funds to First Responders

News Oct 06, 2017

Oct. 06—HARRISBURG—Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that the state will provide $5 million in funding for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone to first responders in Pennsylvania who apply for the program.

That would provide 60,000 naloxone kits, which include two 4-milligram intranasal doses in each pack, supplied by Adapt Pharma statewide over the next two years.

"The path to recovery often starts with a dose of naloxone," said Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general and acting secretary of health for Pennsylvania.

There were 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania last year, including 102 deaths in Beaver County.

The naloxone program is provided in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Physician General.

"We can't get people suffering from the disease of opioid addiction treatment if they're dead," Levine added.

"We must permeate our communities with this lifesaving reversal drug," said Jennifer Smith, acting secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

That should include places like libraries, gas stations and community parks, she said.

Applications and additional information are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency website. The submission deadline is Nov. 6

Source
McClatchy
Beaver County Times, Pa.
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