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Pennsylvania to give away anti-overdose drug naloxone

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 11:33 a.m.
This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Pennsylvania is expanding efforts to make the anti-overdose medication naloxone available to the public with statewide distribution.

Officials said naloxone will be provided free to any state resident at 80 locations — most of them state, county and municipal health offices — from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

The drug is also regularly available at most pharmacies in Pennsylvania, at little or no cost for those with insurance.

It can reverse overdoses by blocking opioids’ effect on the brain and respiratory system.

The Wolf administration says over the past four years more than 20,000 people in Pennsylvania have been revived by police and emergency medical services responders using naloxone.

Regional sites include:

Allegheny County

• Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic, Hartley Rose Building – 425 First Ave., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 from 11 am to 4 pm

• Allegheny County Health Department Pharmacy – 425 First Ave., Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

• Duquesne University Pharmacy – 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

• Millvale Community Center – 501 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209

• Turtle Creek Fire Department – 125 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Armstrong County

• Armstrong County State Health Center – 245 Butler Rd., Suite 1, Kittanning, PA 16201

Beaver County

• Beaver County State Health Center – 500 Water Street, Suite 104, Bridgewater, PA 15009

Cambria County

• Cambria County State Health Center – 184 Donald Ln., Suite 1, Johnstown, PA 15904

Fayette County

• Fayette County State Health Center – 100 New Salem Rd., Suite 102, Uniontown, PA 15401

Indiana County

• Indiana County State Health Center – 75 N. 2nd St., Indiana, PA 15701

Somerset County

• Somerset County State Health Center – 651 S. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501

Washington County

• Washington County State Health Center – 67 N. Main St., Suite 100, Washington, PA 15301

Westmoreland County

• Westmoreland County State Health Center – 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601

• Monessen State Health Center – 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062

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