PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s governor says the state is making available $5 million to supply 120,000 doses of the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone to first responders.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says the money will go toward the purchase of a naloxone nasal spray that helps people with little medical training administer the medication.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Wolf made the announcement Thursday, saying naloxone is making a difference in the state’s opioid epidemic.
The state will make the medication available to first responders in each county. Ireland-based Adapt Pharma Inc. will apply a 40 percent discount on the medication.
Officials say police have administered nearly 4,000 overdose reversals in the state.
Still, more than 4,600 Pennsylvania residents died of overdoses last year.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com