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Naloxone for First Responders

About the Program

Launched in November 2017, the goal of PCCD’s Naloxone for First Responders Program (NFRP) is to increase the availability of life-saving medication for individuals at greatest risk of opioid overdose as well as the systems most likely to interact with these individuals.

NFRP provides intranasal naloxone to priority first responder groups across Pennsylvania utilizing designated points of contact known as Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCEs). To meet the NFRP’s goal, CCEs distribute available naloxone to the following priority first responder groups:

  • Organizations that provide services and supports to individuals who are currently using substances, such as harm reduction organizations;
  • Individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and/or opioid use disorder (OUD) leaving the county and/or state correctional facilities;
  • Individuals leaving a SUD/OUD treatment facility and/or in recovery;
  • Individuals receiving care in emergency departments for an overdose;
  • Probation and Parole Officers;
  • Law enforcement agencies (including municipal police, sheriff’s offices, campus police, campus security, school resource officers, and park rangers);
  • Firefighters (to include both volunteer and paid firefighters);
  • Emergency medical services, advanced life support, basic life support, and emergency medical technicians; and/or
  • Other first responder organizations serving individuals and communities impacted by substance use that are legally organized and trained to respond to overdose emergencies and administer intranasal naloxone.

How Organizations Can Request No-Cost Intranasal Naloxone through NFRP

County/Regional CCEs serve as the primary point of contact for first responders within their communities to request and receive naloxone at no cost. There are currently 48 County/Regional CCEs covering all 67 counties across the Commonwealth. Contact information for these CCEs is available in the interactive map below. 

In addition to these designated County/Regional CCEs, beginning in March 2021, PCCD has also designated a Statewide NFRP Allocation to provide naloxone to eligible organizations looking to enhance their community-based distribution efforts, with a focus on reaching individuals with the greatest risk of experiencing and/or witnessing overdose, including the following populations: 

      • Individuals using Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) and harm reduction services;
      • Individuals leaving state prisons and county jails; 
      • Individuals engaged in and/or leaving treatment or withdrawal management and those who are in recovery;
      • Individuals who have experienced a nonfatal overdose; and
      • Individuals seeking mail-to-home naloxone

Requests for naloxone through the NFRP's Statewide Naloxone Allocation must be made using a Statewide Naloxone Request Form. Applications from eligible organizations will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and naloxone will be distributed based on a formula adopted by the Pennsylvania Opioid Command Center's Statewide Naloxone Distribution Strategy Workgroup.

NOTE: First responders/organizations in need of naloxone should first reach out to their relevant County/Regional CCE directly prior to contacting PCCD and/or making a request for naloxone through PCCD's Statewide Naloxone Request Form. 

Statewide Mail-to-Home Naloxone Program (Individuals)

Since 2020, PCCD has provided Narcan® to support a statewide mail-to-home naloxone program for individuals to request medication for personal use through a partnership with Prevention Point Pittsburgh and NEXT Distro. More information about the program, including how to request a no-cost kit, is available here. If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please contact Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s Alfred DiRosa at alfred@pppgh.org.

Training, Technical Assistance & Supports for PA County Jails

As part of PCCD's Naloxone for First Responders Program, the Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association, under a grant received from the Bloomberg Philanthropies and Vital Strategies, will provide outreach, assistance, and training to individuals working and placed in county correctional facilities on the use of this lifesaving medication. Through the statewide initiative, the PA Sheriffs' Association will work with sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, wardens, and other practitioners to provide training, technical assistance, and develop resources to assist county jails in planning, developing, and implementing naloxone distribution programs for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) leaving correctional settings. 

    • If you are looking for assistance in starting or expanding naloxone reentry programs for individuals leaving correctional facilities in your community, please contact Thomas Maioli, Jr., at the Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association (tmaioli@pasheriffs.org) for more information.

Technical Assistance & Support for Grassroots Organizations

In addition, PCCD has partnered with Prevention Point Pittsburgh, using a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies and Vital Strategies, to provide technical assistance and support to grassroots organizations seeking to start or expand community-based naloxone programs.

    • If you are a grassroots organization interested in learning more about naloxone distribution strategies and how to access no-cost naloxone for your community, please reach out to Julia Hilbert (julia@pppgh.org) at Prevention Point Pittsburgh.

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