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​THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: FIRST RESPONDERS

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​To save lives and give individuals a chance to get into treatment, the Wolf Administration is focused on increasing access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdose. 

In April 2015, Physician General Levine signed a standing order prescription that allowed first responders, like municipal police and fire departments, access to the medication. Since then, law enforcement has saved at least 1,200 lives with naloxone.