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​THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES

 

 
​​​​Each day, at least ten Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose. In 2015, more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses. This epidemic is killing our loved ones at an alarming rate. The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.

The Wolf Administration has made naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdose, available for any Pennsylvanian. Individuals can go to a participating pharmacy and secure naloxone for themselves or a family member under Physician General Levine's standing order prescription.