The Allentown and Bethlehem Health Bureaus, along with Northampton and Lehigh County State Health Centers, will once again be providing free naloxone as part of Governor Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative.
The naloxone distribution is scheduled for September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and September 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., both locally and throughout Pennsylvania (as long as supplies last). Naloxone is a medication that does not harm the individual it is administered to, and is used to reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.
“The life-saving medication naloxone is essential for every resident to have on hand, particularly if you have a loved one suffering from opioid-use disorder,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We want to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have the proper tools to help fight this opioid crisis and through this opportunity for free naloxone, we are saving lives and getting those who need it most into treatment. Keeping naloxone in your home, work or even in your car can make the difference between someone getting into treatment or dying from this disease.”
In the Lehigh Valley, the event will take place at the following locations:
Bethlehem Health Bureau 10 E Church Street, Bethlehem
Allentown Health Bureau 245 N. 6th Street, Allentown
Northampton County State Health Center 1600 Northampton Street, Easton
Lehigh County State Health Center 3730 Lehigh Street (Suite 206), Whitehall
Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/#GetNaloxone.