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State program distributes more than 1M doses of overdose-reversing drug

The commonwealth announced that it had purchased and distributed more than 1.3 million doses of naloxone to first responders since 2017.

The FDA approved naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing drug commonly known by the name brand Narcan, as an over-the-counter medication in March.

The Naloxone for First Responders Program is a part of the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Over 24,000 opioid overdose reversals have been reported as a result of the initiative, according to the Pa. Department of Health and the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Organizations can request free naloxone kits online: PCCD Statewide Naloxone Allocation Request Form.