Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to Equip State Police with Naloxone

April 24, 2015|1:24 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania State Police will begin carrying naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote, to combat heroin and opioid overdoses. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, and in 2013, approximately 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. The state received donations from insurance organizations, including Aetna, Geisinger Health, Health Partner Plans, and Highmark, to equip every patrol car in Pennsylvania with two naloxone doses.

In November 2014, Act 139, also known as David’s Law, took effect, making naloxone available to law enforcement and first responders, in addition to family members and friends, to assist individuals at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose. “Pennsylvania State Police is working together with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and other partner agencies to provide training and distribute this life-saving drug to our troopers statewide," says Pennsylvania State Police Acting Commissioner Marcus L. Brown. "At times, our troopers may be first on the scene of an overdose and this gives them another tool to deal with the emergencies they encounter.”

For more information about how Pennsylvania and other states are addressing opioid abuse and overdose in their states, visit ASTHO’s Prescription Drug Profiles web page.