Advocates say bill to involuntarily hospitalize people who overdose may do more harm than good

BY: - December 1, 2023

Senate Bill 962 would make Pennsylvania the 38th state to involuntarily hospitalize people who overdose.

More than 1M doses of Naloxone distributed through state program | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 29, 2023

Since 2017, 656,568 kits (1,313,136 doses) of Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, have been purchased and distributed statewide.

Shapiro admin releases naloxone distribution stats | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 11, 2023

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), which distributes free naloxone to organizations and individuals through its Naloxone for First Responders Program (NFRP), has distributed 214,514 kits or 429,028 doses of the overdose reversal medicine since 2017.

New Wolf admin order expands access to ‘most cost-effective form’ of naloxone

BY: - October 4, 2022

The expanded order gives Pennsylvanians affected by substance use disorder a chance to receive treatment, Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.

Wolf admin. adds intramuscular injection to expanded naloxone order

BY: - July 27, 2022

DDAP reports that between November 2017 and March 31, 2022, there have been 22,085 overdose reversals using state-purchased Narcan.

Amid nationwide injectable Naloxone shortage, Pa. entities rely on Narcan supply

BY: - October 27, 2021

Naloxone, an injectable, intramuscular drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the rapid reversal of opioid overdoses, has been in scant supply since Pfizer, the drug’s maker, ran into manufacturing issues in 2020, causing the price of the Naloxone to soar even as demand for the drug increased during pandemic-fueled shutdowns, The Guardian reported earlier this month. 


Naloxone can be a lifesaver during opioid overdoses. Why don’t more people carry it? | Opinion

BY: - October 21, 2019

As opioid-related deaths have soared, programs working to get naloxone into the community have increased in response to the need.

Gov. Wolf renews Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time

BY: - June 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday renewed Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time, giving the state more leeway to combat the addiction crisis. The Democrat signed the first 90-day declaration in January 2018. Since then, according to Wolf’s office, Pennsylvania has: “Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through take-back boxes; […]

Video: Gov. Tom Wolf learns how to administer the overdose-reversal drug naloxone

BY: - May 22, 2019

Wolf demonstrated how simple it is to administer Narcan through a person's (or, on Wednesday, a dummy's) nostril. But there's still a stigma attached to carrying the medication, the governor said.