(the following information has been gathered from PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs)
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from heroin and prescription opioids. This epidemic has spread across Pennsylvania as currently one in four families struggle with a substance abuse problem. Coroners’ reports since 2009 have shown there have been more than 3,000 deaths due to overdose. This does not include many other related deaths from accidents, diseases, medical complications and suicides. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose causes more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is working to help reverse these horrifying trends and help our citizens who struggle with addiction. The enactment of ACT 139 provides first responders, friends and families access to an opioid overdose reversal medicine that will save lives and hopefully lead an individual toward the substance abuse treatment they need.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Naloxone and ACT 139 of 2014.