State prepares to give out free overdose reversal drugs Thursday | State House Sound Bites | witf.org – That word, i.e. “free” doesn’t mean what they think it means. This is paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Governor Tom Wolf observes a demonstration of how to use naloxone. (Katie Meyer/WITF) (Harrisburg) — Eighty locations across Pennsylvania are getting ready to hand out free naloxone this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The effort is intended to make the opioid overdose reversal drug more accessible to people who may need to use it on friends or family members battling addiction. Five thousand packages of naloxone ready for distribution. Each package holds two doses and a card explaining how to administer the drug nasally. They’re funded with $380,000 of a $5 million appropriation the state made for naloxone, which was designed to be used over two fiscal years. Naloxone from that fund became available to first responders–like firefighters and police–last year. Governor Tom Wolf said they’ll also be able to get more on Thursday if they want.

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