Overdoses Can Be Prevented
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from heroin and prescription opioids. This epidemic has spread across Pennsylvania, as currently one in four families struggle with a substance abuse problem.
Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) is addressing this epidemic head-on. This page offers information for residents, pharmacies, first responders and healthcare professionals who can help us confront this public health crisis.
Opiate Panel Discussion- Feb 21, 2017
The county's Overdose Task Force Working Group released an interactive online tool that shows the multiple ways that the county is tackling the opioid crisis, and where an individual suffering from substance use disorder can seek help. Visit the MontcoPA Opioid Geostory website here.
Pharmacies & Naloxone Access
On October 15, 2015, MCHD's Interim Medical Director Dr. Valerie. A. Arkoosh issued a county-wide standing order, citing PA ACT 139, allowing licensed pharmacies (which choose to participate) to dispense naloxone to individuals at risk of a heroin or opioid-related overdose, or those who may witness one. ACT 139 provides access to an opioid overdose reversal medicine that can save lives and hopefully lead an individual toward the substance abuse treatment they need.
As pharmacies agree to participate and sign Dr. Lorraine's standing order, each participating pharmacy will be listed here - List of Participating Pharmacies
PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM
In April 2013, then District Attorney Ferman, along with Montgomery County Police Chiefs, established the DA Prescription Drug Disposal Program. The prescription drug collection locations are situated across the County at which the public can safely, confidentially and conveniently dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications at no cost. The program currently has 41 prescription drug collection locations.
- CDC - At-A-Glance: Guideline for Prescribing Opioid for Chronic Pain
- CDC - MMWR: Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016
- CDC HAN 395 - Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities (2016)
- PA - Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines
- PA - Use of Opioids in Dental Practice
- PA Health Alert 351 - Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Tutorial and FAQs
- PA Health Alert 367 - Extreme Danger Posed by Carfentanil
- PA Health Alert 377 - Carfentanil-Related Overdose
- PA Health Alert 384 - Newly Released Guidance on Preventing Fentanyl Exposure Among First Responders
- PDPH Alert - Overdose Outbreak in Philadelphia
- PDPH Health Alert - Carfentanil Drug Overdose Deaths
- PDPH Update - Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
- Surgeon General's Call to End the Opioid Crisis
Eastern MontCo (Willow Grove Area)
830 Twining Road, Suite 1
Dresher, PA 19025
Central MontCo (Norristown Area)
166 West Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Western MontCo (Pottstown Area)
Creative Health Services
11 Robinson Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Individuals with Private Health Insurance should call the number on the back of their Insurance card and request instruction on how to access Drug and Alcohol treatment services.
- CDC - Opioid Overdose
- Naloxone FAQ for General Public
- NARCAN Nasal Spray
- Overdose Free PA - offers many resources, including data and a list of PA pharmacies currently carrying Naloxone
- PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Program
- PA Department of Health
- PA Department of Health - Standing Order
- PA.gov - Naloxone FAQs
- Suicide Prevention Taskforce
- Naloxone FAQ Pharmacists
- Naloxone Access: A Practical Guideline for Pharmacists
- Prescribe To Prevent - Information for pharmacies to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits
- Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program