If you are seeking emergency help, CALL 911. To prepare for your 911 call, CLICK HERE.
Overdose Reversal Medication
Anyone who has contact with people at risk for opioid overuse (overdose) is able to legally and confidentially obtain Naloxone, commonly know by the brand name Narcan. CLICK HERE to find Naloxone.
Naloxone is a medication, usually in the form of a nasal spray, which can temporarily reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. It is NOT a substitute for continued emergency care for an overdose victim. It only temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overuse, restoring breathing until further medical treatment can be administered. CLICK HERE to learn how to use Naloxone.
Naloxone has saved thousands of lives. Emergency responders are all trained in its use. Families have also saved loved ones’ lives by simply having it on hand in the event of an emergency. It can either be obtained with a prescription from a physician, or at one of many local pharmacies that carry naloxone. It can also be obtained confidentially through the mail.
Pennsylvania law now makes the availability of Naloxone much easier for families and friends. The Pennsylvania Department of Health created a standing order, which allows all Pennsylvanians to obtain Naloxone without a prescription.
Remember, a person who administers Naloxone MUST call 911 for medical help!!!
Opioid use disorder is not a choice, it’s a disease. But there is a solution, and there are more choices for treatment and recovery in Lackawanna County than ever before.
For people with opioid use disorder, there are a variety of facilities in Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas that provide inpatient and outpatient treatment. Some facilities also provide programs for family members of people with opioid use disorder, as they are suffering too. CLICK HERE or call (800) 662-4357 to get help now!
The PA Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) can also help you identify drug and alcohol services and supports for you or someone you are helping based on your responses to the questions. This tool is NOT meant to tell you if you qualify for services, nor provide a diagnosis. It will not save any information on any specific individuals, and all information gathered is anonymous.
12-Step and other recovery programs play an important role in the recovery and support of many people with the disease of addiction. Our area has a large number of 12-step meetings, including Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon (for family members and friends of people with substance use disorders).