Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is making up to 5 million state dollars available to counties for the drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Each county, including Erie, would apply to be part of the program, which would fund up to 120,000 doses of Naloxone (Narcan is a brand of this medication). Those counties would then decide which first responders, law enforcement officers and others would be trained to carry and use the drug in overdose cases. The goal is to save lives.
PA Physician General, Rachel Levine MD, says, “We can’t get people suffering from the disease of opioid addiction into treatment if they are dead”.
The number of units each county will receive depends on a number of factors, including population and the number of drug-related deaths.