Dauphin County officials say everyone should know how to administer naloxone

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Dauphin County’s Drug and Alcohol Services Department partnered with the East Shore Pharmacy to teach people how to administer different kinds of naloxone, including a nasal spray and an automatic injection. 

While all municipalities in the county carry the overdose reversal drug, health officials now want everyone trained. 

“We need to be able to save lives because if we don’t, we’ll never be able to get them into treatment,” said Sherry Clouser, the deputy director of the Drug and Alcohol Services Department.

“The training is straightforward,” said Henry Wimbush, a Harrisburg resident and the CEO of Recovery Institute Inc.”Hopefully I never have to use it, but I want to be ready.”

While organizers say naloxone has been used by medical professionals for more than 40 years, it’s  time for the public to learn.

The CDC says that in 2016, more than 4,500 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose. 

There is a standing prescription on the Pennsylvania Health Department’s website, meaning anyone can pick up naloxone from their pharmacy.

If you give your loved one naloxone, you still need to call 911.

Clouser says while some may be hesitant to even pick up the life-saving medicine, the stigma needs to go away so that people can be prepared.

“We want to break the stigma with the positive message that people can be productive citizens,” said Clouser. 

Click here for a link to the standing order and a training video. 

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