The Allentown Health Bureau will offer naloxone (Narcan) for a limited time on Wednesday, September 25 as part of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative.
This medication reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and gives the patient a chance at recovery. Nurses and medical personnel will dispense naloxone and provide information on how to administer it and get help.
No questions will be asked, and no paperwork is required.
The Allentown Health Bureau is located at 245 N. 6th Street. The number of doses is limited, so quantities will be distributed from 9:00 a.m. until the supply is gone. More than 100 doses were distributed at the bureau on September 18.
“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for every resident to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have the proper tools to help fight this opioid crisis and through this opportunity for free naloxone, we are saving lives and getting those who need it most into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”
Last year, emergency medical services saved more than 9,000 Pennsylvanians using naloxone and transported 92 percent of them to the hospital for treatment.
For more information on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis visit www.pa.gov/opioids