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