Wolf Administration Officials Join Luzerne County Fire Chief to Highlight Need to Equip All First Responders with Life-Saving Naloxone
WILKES-BARRE (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Wolf Administration officials today joined Wilkes-Barre City Fire Chief Jay Delaney to highlight how naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, should be available for all first responders.
"First responders are on the front lines of the battle against opioid overdoses and have already saved more than 3,800 lives using naloxone," Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. "It's essential that all first responders have access to naloxone because it saves lives. Communities such as Wilkes-Barre are not only keeping residents safe, but they give people battling addiction a chance at recovery."
Naloxone rapidly reverses heroin and other opioid overdoses, the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.
"EMS workers play a critical role in helping us combat the opioid crisis. We are losing 13 Pennsylvanians a day to overdoses, and often the first responders are the ones who can use naloxone to reverse the effects of opioids and save the lives of individuals experiencing a drug overdose," said Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. "The next step on the road to recovery is to have the overdose survivor met at the hospital by a warm-handoff team that can work to persuade the survivor to go directly to treatment."
The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:
Some of the administration's other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:
If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health at www.health.pa.gov or on social media at Facebook and Twitter.