Lower Bucks County will house one of the eighty free naloxone distribution sites Thursday throughout Pennsylvania. From 11 a.m. through 7 p.m., the Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center will be giving out free dose as part of a statewide “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” initiative.
Anyone can go the event at 1286 Veterans Highway in Bristol, Suite 6D. It could potentially save the life of a loved one with an addiction issue. The day is part of the state’s attempt to combat the opioid crisis.
Many may know it better as its brand name of Narcan. Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose by targeting the brain and respiratory system.
Just in the last four years, officers and EMT responders have revived more than 20,000 people using naloxone.
There are some critics who claim the distribution will enable people to use opioids with a guarantee of revival. Bucks County District Attorney has a message for anyone with this mindset.
“I think that’s wrong-headed, short-sighted, and stupid,” Weintraub said. “The only thing Narcan enables people to do is to live.”
Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Commission Diane Rosati is working with Bucks County to distribute the doses. She wants everyone who could benefit from having Narcon on hand to grab a dose for themselves or someone else.
“Simply put … opiates can kill, and naloxone can save a life,” Rosati said. “We encourage all residents who know someone who struggles with opiates to stop by one of our three designated sites to pick up Naloxone nasal spray.”
Governor Tom Wolf declared the opioid crisis a statewide epidemic with more than 5,000 people dying of overdose last year.
The Governor spoke at the Dauphin County State Health Center in Harrisburg, where he acknowledged naloxone is not a cure for addiction.
“The cure is treatment, this is a chronic disease,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Someone who suffers from substance abuse disorder will be facing this for the rest of his or her life. But you have to be alive to be in treatment.”
People living in central bucks may have a closer option at the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, located at 600 Louis Drive, Suite 102A, in Warminster.