Local officials respond to state distribution of Naloxone (MGN) Johnstown, PA (WJAC) – Next Thursday, Pennsylvania plans to plan Gov.…
Next Thursday, Pennsylvania plans to plan Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to distribute thousands of naloxon packages to 80 locations across the state, including several counties in our region. The goal is to help reduce drug-related deaths and overdoses in the state and hopefully help get Pennsylvanians into treatment.
“We have had 77 incidents where law enforcement agencies successfully revived a patient with naloxone since 2017” Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Arnold Bernard Jr. “There are 77 lives saved as a direct result of an increased availability of this opioid overdose-returning drug.”
Some call the access to naloxone a double-edged sword. Although it helps to reduce overdose death, ask someone if it allows drug use. But no matter what, the goal is always to save lives and get housing the help they need.
“I think we must remember here, the ultimate goal is to save lives and turn around and to do that, we must try to keep people from dying as a result of overdose,” says Bernard. 19659004] Death death has fallen dramatically in Cambria County in recent years, and local officials say it is due to easy access to naloxone. However, the first respondents say that accessibility creates a whole new problem.
“I worry about sometimes adversaries give it, they will not call the ambulance, maybe they will keep someone from trouble, but these people must be carefully reviewed and evaluated each time, “said East Hills Ambulance Company, paramedic Richard Foor.
The breakdown is next Thursday December 13, from 11 am to 19 pm at the Cambria County Health Department.