People across Pennsylvania will be able to pick up naloxone at no cost Thursday as part of the Wolf administration’s “Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now” week.
Naloxone, which can used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is a “lifesaving medication” that’s "essential for all of us to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement.
The drug will be available for pickup at dozens of locations, including 12 in the Philadelphia area. Here’s what you need to know before getting yours.
The words are often used interchangeably, though Narcan, a nasal spray, is a brand name of the drug naloxone. Evzio, an auto-injector, is also a brand name of naloxone.
The Wolf administration will be giving away naloxone “kits” that come with two doses of the drug in nasal spray form, said Sara Goulet, deputy press secretary. The kits will be limited to one per person.
The kit will be free for all Pennsylvania residents. No need to show an ID, according to the state.
Those interested can grab a kit at four locations in Philadelphia, three each in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, one in Chester County, and one in Delaware County.
Philadelphia (all from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Bucks County (all from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Chester County (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Delaware County (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Montgomery County (all from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
You can find the complete list of locations on the state’s website.
Naloxone can be used if someone is displaying signs of an overdose, including unresponsiveness, slow breathing, and/or small pupils, according to Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.
You can watch Levine demonstrate how to use naloxone, both in spray and injectable forms, in the video below.
Other organizations, including Prevention Point and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDA), have their own training sessions you can attend.
Prevention Point, 2913 Kensington Ave., will host its next overdose-reversal training on Friday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.