Community Coalition Toolkits
The Drug Overdose Task Force provides resources to help you build community solutions to prevent overdose and reduce substance misuse--whether your team is location-based or organized within one of the coalition sectors above.
Please explore our Toolkits, then contact us to learn how we can assist you in raising awareness of the problem, and building your action-oriented coalition, or suggest a resources. Your feedback helps us maintain funding support for programming.
Naloxone (Narcan) saves lives.
Naloxone can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.
Pennsylvania's Act 139
This legislation allows first responders including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members that may be in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses.
See the University of Pittsburgh's listing of pharmacies stocking naloxone. Caution: Many pharmacies do not keep naloxone in stock but will order it for you. Call the pharmacy directly to ask if they have naloxone in stock, whether your insurance will cover it and applicable co-pays, out of pocket cost, and form (nasal spray, injectable, nasal with adapter).