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State launches portal to ensure high-risk populations have access to opioid reversal medication

The Statewide Naloxone Allocation Request Portal allows eligible organizations the ability to request additional naloxone nasal spray

The Wolf Administration’s Opioid Command Center announced the availability of the Statewide Naloxone Allocation Request Portal, which allows eligible organizations serving high-risk populations the ability to request additional naloxone nasal spray.

“We are committed to ensuring that naloxone is widely available to help those with the disease of addiction,” said Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam. “Naloxone has one role, and that is to save someone who is suffering from an overdose. It is essential that every Pennsylvanian consider obtaining naloxone to help save a life.”

The portal will supplement the Center Coordinating Entities’ efforts through the Naloxone for First Responders Program with a dedicated supply of naloxone focused on supporting distribution efforts to reach high-risk and high-need populations.

Eligible organizations must utilize naloxone through this portal to support one or more of the following priority populations:

– Individuals using Syringe Service Programs and harm reduction services
– Individuals leaving state prisons and county jails
– Individuals engaged in and/or leaving treatment or detox and those who are in recovery
– Individuals who have experienced a nonfatal overdose
– Other high-risk populations identified by the organization (i.e., pregnant/postpartum women with a history of opioid use disorder, individuals experiencing homelessness, etc.)

Launched in 2017, the goal of the NFRP is to increase the availability of lifesaving medication for individuals at greater risk of opioid overdose, as well as the systems most likely to interact with these individuals. NFRP provides no-cost intranasal naloxone to priority first responder groups through a network of 48 CCEs. Since inception, CCEs have distributed more than 80,000 kits of NARCAN to first responder groups, resulting in more than 17,094 reported overdose reversals to date.

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