In 2017, it is estimated that more than 5,100 Pennsylvanians lost their battle with opioid-use disorder. Rescuing patients the midst of an overdose, or children born suffering from withdrawal symptoms, is vital step in addressing this epidemic. Learn more about naloxone and how to access this life saving medication.
If somebody has taken drugs and becomes unresponsive, call 911 immediately.
These resources are intended for preventative measures.


EMS Naloxone Doses Administered
This data show doses of naloxone administrations by emergency medical services (EMS) providers at the scene of an emergency by county.  The data are derived from patient care reports completed by certified EMS providers.  They are filtered on the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) field, Provider Primary Impression equaling “Overdose/Poisoning/Ingestion” in which naloxone or naloxone hydrochloride was administered to a patient.The record is further filtered by the county where the overdose occurred. These data are aggregate and do not represent a single dose given to a single patient.  Additionally, the data do not depict patient outcome, nor that the patient receiving naloxone was truly experiencing an opioid overdose.

Emergency Departments Saving Lives
As of May 2019, 98 percent of emergency rooms report overdose visits to the Department of Health through syndromic surveillance. The data helps monitor localized overdose trends and identify where additional resources are needed throughout the state.


Get Help Now Hotline
Pennsylvania’s Get Help Now hotline launched in November 2016. To date, trained hotline staff have fielded more than 30,000 confidential calls from individuals concerned about their own or a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, and facilitated nearly 14,000 connections directly to treatment providers. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can accommodate 240 languages. Anyone can access the hotline by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or by texting 717-216-0905.

Naloxone Prescriptions Filled Using Medicaid
Naloxone is a covered outpatient drug in the Medical Assistance Program. Anyone on Medicaid has unrestricted access to life-saving naloxone, with no limits and no copayments. Naloxone can be prescribed by the beneficiary’s provider or is available under a statewide standing order for the general public, making naloxone available for immediate action to reverse an overdose of an opioid drug. 

Have a question or comment? Email RA-DHPRESSOFFICE@pa.gov.