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York City pharmacy has naloxone kits for families of addicts
The York City Bureau of Health will partner with Minnich's Pharmacy, at the Colonial Shopping Center, 976 S. George St., York City, to make naloxone available to the families and loved ones of those addicted to heroin or other narcotics.
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a drug used to reverse the effects of narcotic overdose.
Dr. Matthew Howie, the York City Bureau of Health's medical director, is working with the York County District Attorney's Office and the York County coroner to provide standing orders at the pharmacy so families can have naloxone available in case of an overdose.
Training: After a brief, free online training, families will receive a certificate of completion enabling them to get naloxone from the pharmacy without a prescription.
There have been 30 confirmed heroin deaths so far this year in York County, with another 16 suspected heroin deaths, compared to 62 deaths in 2014. York County emergency responders have saved 47 lives by administering Narcan since April 1, according to a news release from the health bureau.
Citing the increasing frequency of overdose deaths in the area from heroin and other opiates, Howie said in the release that the partnership's goal "to reduce barriers to families and loved ones obtaining this potentially lifesaving medication is the kind of cooperation that is needed. ... Making naloxone more available in high-risk situations is very important and has the potential to save lives."
Those interested in getting naloxone can go to www.getnaloxonenow.org to go through the training and print the certificate of completion.
The pharmacy will offer a computer and Internet access on site for people to complete their training in the store. Minnich's will stock the full opioid rescue kit, which includes two mucosal atomizers, one CPR rescue breathing face shield and one pair of non-latex gloves in a light-blocking, lightweight zippered pouch, in addition to the two-syringe pack of naloxone.