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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Drug overdose in broad daylight has become very common. At that time, the best rescue technique is a drug to counteract the effects of the opioid.
Until Thursday, the only time you would see Narcan, is with a paramedic or emergency responder. But on Thursday, in all parts of the state, you can go get Narcan for free – no questions asked.
Beverly Lancaster thinks the gift is a good idea.
"About a year ago, my grandson had an overdose and his neighbor had Narcan," she said.
Across the state, more than 5,000 doses of Narcan were distributed free of charge. It was a project of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The reasons people came were all different.
Andy Daniele took it as a precaution.
"I have a teenage grandson and pre-teenage granddaughters, they often come to us and I do not think anything is going on, but I want to be prepared just in case ", did he declare.
Tim Phillips of the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Working Group believes that Narcan is only the first step in the fight against the epidemic.
The unconscious Narcan contained two doses – which are sometimes necessary to reverse the effects of overdose. The drug was accompanied by instructions and there was even a video explaining how to administer the drug.
Defenders of the program say that the gift is at the hour – at the beginning of the holiday season.
Everyone did not think the document was a good idea.
Tiaira Rudy feels that if her family had to pay for her own medicine, all the others should too.
"I have a husband who is diabetic. I have children who have allergies. I have children who have mental problems. We have to pay for what we take or what to take, "she said.
the @GovernorTomWolf The administration will provide FREE naloxone to any paian in nearly 80 Palestinian Authority facilities on December 13 as part of the government's ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses + to bring people under treatment. Find a place → https://t.co/MFCS4ybHdG pic.twitter.com/hiSnfj2OSz
– Department of Public Health (@PAHealthDept) December 6, 2018
A number of locations in western Pennsylvania have distributed naloxone, including the Allegheny County Health Department.
- Allegheny County Department of Health Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 from 11am to 4pm.
- Allegheny County Department of Health Pharmacy – 425 First Ave., Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
- Pharmacy of Duquesne University – 1860 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
- Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209
- Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145
- Armstrong County State Health Center – 245 Butler Road, Suite 1, Kittanning, PA 16201
- Beaver County Health Center – 500 Water Street, Suite 104, Bridgewater, PA 15009
- Butler County State Health Center – 100 Brugh Avenue, Suite 201, Butler, PA 16001
- Fayette County State Health Center – 100 New Salem Rd., Suite 102, Uniontown, PA 15401
- Greene County State Health Center – 101 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370
- Indiana County State Health Center – 75 N. 2nd St., Indiana, PA 15701
- Lawrence County Health Center – 106 Margaret Street, New Castle, PA 16101
- Mercer County State Health Center – 25 McQuiston Dr., Jackson Center, PA 16133
- Washington County Health Center – 67 N. Main St., Suite 100, Washington, PA 15301
- Westmoreland County Health Center – 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601
- Monessen State Health Center – 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062
The drug is also available regularly at most pharmacies in Pennsylvania, at low or no cost to policyholders.
It can reverse overdoses by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain and airways.
The Wolf administration said that over the past four years, more than 20,000 people in Pennsylvania have been resuscitated by police and emergency medical services using naloxone.