Overdose Prevention

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.

The Office of Public Health (OPH) 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
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Opioid Geostory

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, OPH's Interim Medical Director Dr. Valerie. A. Arkoosh, at the time, 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 current Medical Director, 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
  1.  Prescribing Guidelines
  2. Treatment Resources
  3. Community Resources
  4. Pharmacist Resources

Downloadable Materials

Do You Know Someone at Risk of an Opioid Overdose?

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Opioid Safety and How to Use Naloxone

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NARCAN Nasal Spray Quick Start Guide

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