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On January 10, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared the opioid epidemic a statewide disaster.

This week, Governor Wolf’s administration will make Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) available to any Pennsylvanian for free on Thursday, December 13th from 11am to 7pm at over 80 locations across the state. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Any Pennsylvanian can access Naloxone at their pharmacy under the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Standing Order and all Pennsylvanians are encouraged to attain Naloxone at no cost this Thursday. 

To read the full press release that includes all of the distribution locations, click here.  Click here to read more about the Standing Order.

For your convenience, the Lackawanna and Luzerne County locations are also included below.

  • Lackawanna County State Health Center – Scranton State Office Building, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Room 110, Scranton, PA 18503
  • Luzerne County State Health Center – 665 Carey Ave., Suite 2, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
  • Wilkes-Barre City Health Department – 71 N. Franklin St., Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

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