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 to 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.
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