State To Distribute Life-Saving Drug For Free Tomorrow

The Wolf Administration is distributing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone for free on Thursday in hopes of saving lives. The drug, which is also known as Narcan, will be provided free to any state resident from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thursday at 80 locations around the state. Deputy Health Secretary Ray Barishansky says most of the locations are state health centers and county and municipal health departments. Locally, the nalaxone will be given away at state health centers in Bloomsburg, Danville, and Sunbury. Nalaxone can reverse overdoses by blocking opioids’ effect on the brain and respiratory system. Since November 2014, the state Health Department says more than 20,000 people in PA have been revived by first responders using naloxone.