Life-saving drug reverses 289 drug overdoses in Pennsylvania since November

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Aug 31, 2015 2:34 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A drug that can save the life of someone overdosing on opioids like heroin is getting put to use.

The state says first responders have used naloxone to reverse 289 overdoses in the state since last November.

Police departments in 27 counties either already carry the drug or plan to soon

York County was the second in the state to equip officers with naloxone, after Montgomergy county.

Police in other midstate counties like Dauphin and Lancaster also have it.

A state law that went into effect last November allows police, firefighters, and friends and family of someone addicted to opioids to carry naloxone.

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