Ferguson Township Police have been trained to administer Naloxone in case of opioid overdose

Date: March 9, 2016

In 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 139 of 2014 into law. This legislation gives first responders including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as Naloxone, a life-saving opioid reversal medication, to individuals experiencing an opioid overdoses.

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 and prevent death.

On February 29, 2016, Ferguson Township Police Officers began to carry Naloxone to assist residents and visitors in the event of an opioid overdose. Each officer has completed training to administer the drug. The Ferguson Township Police are administering the drug through an agreement with Centre Life Link EMS and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Residents are also advised that Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine issued a statewide standing order for Naloxone, allowing the general public to obtain this medication from most pharmacies. While the medication may not be available for immediate pick-up, it can often be ordered and available within a day or two. For more information about the statewide standing order and the safe use of Nalaxone, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's webpage on Opioid Abuse. Read the standing order.

Police would like to remind everyone that any person who summons aid for someone believed to be in a medical emergency as a result of a drug overdose is immune from prosecution if he or she summons aid, provides his or her name, and remains with the person until emergency responders arrive. Drug Overdose Response Immunity