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State to give away anti-overdose drug naloxone next week

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2018 12:00 PM
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FILE - In this June 14, 2017, photo, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart shows Naloxone, an overdose-reveal nasal spray drug. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is expanding efforts to make the anti-overdose medication naloxone available to the public with a statewide distribution day next week.

Naloxone will be provided free to any state resident at 80 locations -- most of them state, county and municipal health offices -- from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13.

The drug is also regularly available at most pharmacies across the commonwealth, 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 says over the past four years more than 20,000 people in Pennsylvania have been revived by police and emergency medical services responders using naloxone.

These central Pennsylvania health centers are participating:

  • Adams County State Health Center - 424 E. Middle St., Suite 1, Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • Berks County State Health Center - 625 Cherry St., Room 401, Reading, PA 19602
  • Cumberland County State Health Center - 431 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Dauphin County State Health Center - 30 Kline Plaza, Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • Franklin County State Health Center - 375 Floral Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201
  • Juniata County State Health Center - 809 Market St., Port Royal, PA 17082
  • Lancaster County State Health Center - 1661 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Lebanon County State Health Center - 9 N. 9th St., Lebanon, PA 17046
  • Mifflin County State Health Center - 21 S. Brown St., Suite 2A, Lewistown, PA 17044
  • Northumberland County State Health Center - 247 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunbury, PA 17801
  • Perry County State Health Center - 153 Red Hill Road, Newport, PA 17074
  • Schuylkill County State Health Center - One Norwegian Plaza, Suite 103, Pottsville, PA 17901
  • Selinsgrove Center - 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
  • Union County State Health Center - 1610 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisburg, PA 17837
  • York County State Health Center - 1750 N. George St., York, PA 17404
  • York City Bureau of Health - 435 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401

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