Three people allegedly overdosed at a Bedford County Sheetz over the weekend and officials say one of those people needed to be revived with Narcan.
In efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, Narcan has become more accessible and due to a standing order signed last month by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Acting Secretary – you can get Narcan from a healthcare provider without a prescription.
Now, more and more people are carrying Narcan on them in efforts to prevent overdoses.
“The most important message that I come today with is this, there is help,” says Jennifer Smith, The Secretary for The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs at a press conference held last month where she and other officials spoke on the importance of overcoming substance abuse and why carrying Narcan can help the present opioid epidemic.
“I’ve expanded the standing order so that now in Pennsylvania without a prescription you can go to the pharmacy and get Naloxone, We know that this works, and we know that its affective and we want more people to have access to it”.
Narcan reverses the effects of opioids on the body and Dr. Johnson made Narcan more easily available in different forms such as nasal sprays, auto injectors like an EpiPen and non-prefill syringes.
To learn more, you can call the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP.