• Pennsylvania gives away anti-overdose drug naloxone Thursday

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    BUTLER, Pa. (AP)ong> - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is expanding efforts to make the anti-overdose medication naloxone available to the public with a statewide distribution day Thursday.

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    Officials said that naloxone will be provided free to any state resident at 80 locations - most of them state, county and municipal health offices - from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13.

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    One of those locations is the Department of Health in Butler. Channel 11 saw all kinds of folks going in to pick up the free medication, but many reluctant to go on camera because of the stigma.

    “I am in a treatment program right now. I’m doing really good,” said one man who did not want to be identified but described himself as a recovering heroin addict. “But I’d like to have it on hand.”

    By 1:30 p.m., all 66 packages were gone. 


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    But many people questioned the state handing out the drug for free when people who need other medicines must pay.

    Many people showed up who are suffering from chronic pain. They take legal prescription drugs but wanted Narcan in their house just in case. 

    “I keep all my drugs locked up, but God forbid if somebody broke in or the family member found them and got into them, I’d like to be prepared,” said a woman who did not want to be identified.

    We also saw first responders getting packages, which contain two doses of Narcan. They want to be prepared even when they’re off duty.

    “I’ve been on two or three things while I’ve been off shift where I’m helping people out,” said Pete Gall of the Lick Hill Volunteer Fire Department. “This would have come in handy.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.


     

     

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