Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine says the opioid crisis in is the biggest health crisis in the Commonwealth right now.
Since Governor Wolf issued a disaster declaration because of the crisis, the state created an Opioid Command Center.
It meets every week at teh Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
One of their three priorities is “rescue,” saving people’s lives with Naloxone, so they can get treatment.
Dr. Rachel Levine says anyone can carry the drug with them.
You can get it in nasal spray form, and you simply can walk up to the pharmacy and ask for it.
“They should ask for your insurance card. If you have Medicaid then it will cover Naloxone. If you have commercial insurance you might have a copay,” said Dr. Levine.
Naloxone works so well at reversing an overdose, Dr. Levine says EMT’s have saved 8,000 Pennsylvanians with it, just in the last six months alone.
If you, or a loved one needs help recovering from addiction, call this hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It was established by the federal government, and staffed by trained professionals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.