Governor Wolf Announces 59 Counties Initially
Participating in PCCD’s Naloxone for First Responders Program
Harrisburg, PA. – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that
59 counties have been recently approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime
and Delinquency (PCCD) to be the initial recipients of naloxone for first
responders in Pennsylvania. The naloxone was made available through a $5
million appropriation included in the 2017-2018 state budget.
“I would like to thank those
who immediately seized upon this opportunity to provide life-saving naloxone in
their counties,” Governor Wolf said. “Because of their action, 13,752 kits of
naloxone – that’s 27,504 doses – are now available to these counties to help
revive overdose victims.”
PCCD intends to conduct
outreach efforts to the eight remaining counties to ensure that naloxone is
made available to first responders in those areas.
Over the next two years, more
than 60,000 naloxone kits, which include two, 4-milligram doses in each, will
be available to all 67 counties and state agencies. The intranasal naloxone
kits, or NARCAN®(naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray, are needle-free and designed for
ease of use for nonmedical personnel. The kits are supplied by Adapt Pharma,
Inc., headquartered in Radnor.
Counties participating in the
naloxone program were required by PCCD to identify one main point of contact, a
Centralized Coordinating Entity (CCE), for each county or region to coordinate
the process and identify first responder needs for naloxone within that county
or region. Eligible first responders include:
Medical Services, Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Emergency
Enforcement – including Municipal Police, Sheriff’s Offices, Campus
Police, Campus Security, School Resource Officers and Park Rangers;
Fighters to include both volunteer and paid fire fighters;
Probation and Parole Officers;
Violence Shelter Personnel;
Treatment Providers; and
other community group legally organized and trained to respond to overdose
emergencies and administer Intranasal naloxone.
A map highlighting the counties
that have been awarded naloxone and their CCE contact information can be found
on PCCD’s website at: http://www.pccd.pa.gov/criminaljustice/advisory_boards/Pages/Naloxone-for-First-Responders.aspx.
Abbott, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116
PCCD, 717 265-8505
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