‘Get Help Now Week’ maybe over, but Pa. still has resources available

Kim Glovas
December 16, 2018 - 4:00 am
Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the availability of naloxone in Pennsylvania pharmacies during a press conference in Harrisburg, May 17, 2016.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Last week was "Get Help Now Week" in Pennsylvania, designed for people to get help for themselves or loved ones suffering from opioid addiction

A number of state departments joined forces to get the word out about resources available, including an 800-number and text messages which kept addicts on the line until they were plugged in to a program.

State Police spokesman Ryan Tartowski says most people think of troopers making arrests.

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"A big part of "Stop Overdoses in PA/Get Help Now Week" recognizes we're not going to enforce our way out of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania,” he said. “This is a statewide, concentrated effort to get people the help they need."

It also included a naloxone, or ‘NARCAN,’ distribution day, and preliminary numbers show at least 4,500 kits were handed out.

To get more information, you can call 1-800-662-HELP.  The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs says 45 percent of the people who call the line are now in treatment.

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